Tornado with 110 mph winds hit Horry County, caused about $1 million in damage

A spokesman with the National Weather Service says a tornado hit Horry County on Wednesday afternoon.

The main damage was in the Adrian Highway and Allsbrook area of Horry County and Randy Webster, with Horry County Emergency Management, said there were five miles of damage along Adrian Highway off of Highway 701 North and heading toward Highway 66.

Structural damage from the storm began close to Booth’s Christmas Tree Farm on Adrianne Highway and proceeded along that road to near Highway 66, or about 5 miles, according to a release from Horry County.

Damage assessment teams from Horry County Code Enforcement found several buildings and a few homes damaged, including 3 to 4 homes that are now uninhabitable due to roof damage or have been blown off the foundation.

"The preliminary damage assessment from 40 structures that were damaged is $977,300, which includes six homes," the release said.

No injuries have been reported and though power was out for about 1100 homes in the area for some time, all power has since been restored, the release stated.

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The tornado has been classified as an EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of around 110 miles per hour.

A spokesman said earlier that the highest wind speeds were at around 112 mph near Adrian Highway and Privetts Road.

Officials also say the tornado ended around Gause Road and spanned about 5 miles along Adrian Highway, starting at Chow Lane.

The official NWS statistics say that the tornado had a path 60 yards wide and 4.95 miles long.

The initial narrow path and then the convergence of the damage, especially to trees, is what is helped forecasters determine that it was a tornado and not straight line winds.

"Seeing the pattern of the trees, especially snapping halfway up, and then a track that's fairly consistent from its origination on the other side of Adrian Highway," the spokesman said.

Numerous homes and structures suffered damage, but there are no reports yet of any deaths or injuries.

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We'll continue to follow this story today and bring you updates as they come in.

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