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Tornado warning catches boaters on Lake Greenwood off guard

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GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Parts of Greenwood and Laurens County were under a tornado watch at about 4 p.m. Sunday after cloud rotation was picked up on the radar.

The afternoon's storm came as a surprise to many near Lake Greenwood, especially for boaters like Elizabeth Burns.

"We were on the pontoon on the lake, and a horrible storm came up with a huge cloud, it looked like a tornado cloud like it was going to touch down," said Burns.  

First came the menacing skies, than a tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service. For boaters like Burns, the sight of what meteorologist say was likely a shelf cloud sent a pretty clear message.

"We needed to get off the water," said Burns.

As Burns and her group headed for shore, they learned just how fast a strong storm system can move.

"It was all the sudden on top of us, and then it out run us," said Burns. "Especially with the kids on the boat, that was concerning. You're on a floating metal barge in the water with a storm like that."  

The group got to the nearest shoreline soon, and what was picked up as cloud rotation on the radar right over Lake Greenwood never touched down.

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