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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Columbia SC
827 PM EDT Mon Apr 16 2018

...NWS Damage Surveys For April 15 2018 Tornado Event...

.Tornado Confirmed in Gilbert South Carolina...

Start Location...Gilbert in Lexington County South Carolina
End Location...Gilbert in Lexington County South Carolina
Date...April 15 2018
Estimated Time...203 PM to 207 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...110 to 120 mph
Maximum Path Width...200 yards 
Path Length...3.0 miles 
Beginning Lat/Lon...33.9101N/-81.3645W
Ending Lat/Lon...33.9532N/-81.3651W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

...Summary...
The tornado began near Two Notch Road near Hayes Crossing Road.
The tornado continued on a north to north-northeast path for
approximately 3.0 miles, crossing Semm Sease Road, Wire Road,
Isiah Hall Road, Crosby Road, Austin McCartha Drive, then 
dissipating near the intersection of Windy Road and Walter Taylor
Road. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted along the path. 
This also includes small and large limbs downed. A few power 
lines were snapped along the path. The most destructive area was 
where the tornado moved through a group of 7 chicken houses along 
Semm Sease Road. It was at this location that the tornado reached 
its maximum strength and path width. Several structures, vehicles 
and two campers were damaged along the path. Peak winds were 
estimated by be 120 mph. 

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.Tornado Confirmed in Lexington South Carolina...

Start Location...Lexington in Lexington County South Carolina
End Location...Lexington in Lexington County South Carolina
Date...April 15 2018
Estimated Time...215 PM to 216 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...75 to 80 mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...0.4 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.0110N/-81.2106W
Ending Lat/Lon...34.0167N/-81.2076W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

...Summary...
The tornado damage began near Saddlebrooke Road. The tornado 
continued to the north-northeast for approximately 0.4 miles, ending 
along Kenwood Drive just before John Preston Drive. Numerous 
hardwood and softwood trees were snapped and uprooted along the path 
of the tornado. A few trees were down on homes and vehicles. Peak 
winds were estimated to be 80 mph.

&&

.Tornado Confirmed in Lexington/Irmo South Carolina...(UPDATED)

Start Location...Lexington in Lexington County South Carolina
End Location...Irmo in Lexington County South Carolina
Date...April 15 2018
Estimated Time...216 PM to 218 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...85 to 95 mph
Maximum Path Width...150 yards
Path Length...2.5 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.0501N/-81.1735W
Ending Lat/Lon...34.0660N/-81.1604W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

...Summary...
This has been updated to extend the track south-southwest and
increase the path length to 2.5 miles.

Tornado damage began just south of Corley Mill Road along Lee 
Kleckley Road. The tornado continued to the north-northeast for 
2.5 miles, crossing the Saluda River and ending near Lockner Road 
before reaching Bower Parkway and the Columbiana Station shopping 
center. Numerous hardwood and softwood trees were snapped and 
uprooted along the path of the tornado. Many trees were down on 
homes and vehicles. Peak winds were estimated to be 95 mph.

&&

.Tornado Confirmed in Fairfield County South Carolina...

Start Location...8 miles NNE of Ridgeway in Fairfield County SC
End Location...Western Shores of Lake Wateree in Fairfield County SC
Date...April 15 2018
Estimated Time...246 PM to 250 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...95-105 mph
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...4.4 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.4152N/-80.9199W
Ending Lat/Lon...34.4743N/-80.9045W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

...Summary...
Straight line wind damage began in and near the town of Ridgeway.
Extensive tree damage, with many trees snapped or uprooted,
occurred for nearly 8 miles north-northeast of the town, just to
the east of Highway 21. Tornado damage began just south of White
Oak Church Road, with the tornado moving in a northerly, then
northeasterly motion for about 4.4 miles. The tornado appears to
have lifted along the western shore of Lake Wateree near Gunsite
Road where numerous large trees were uprooted or snapped, with
several of them falling on homes. Straight line wind damage was
then observed to the north of this area, but it's northern extent
is unknown due to a lack of access roads. the strongest winds are
estimated to have been 95-105 mph. 


EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

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