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EF-1 tornado touched down in Pickens County on Friday

Clean up after tornado hits Pickens County
Clean up after tornado hits Pickens County
Published: May. 9, 2022 at 9:15 AM EDT|Updated: May. 9, 2022 at 5:14 PM EDT
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PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The National Weather Service (NWS) is surveying parts of the Upstate and Western North Carolina Monday following severe weather on Friday, May 6.

Friday’s storm set off a series of tornado warnings. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Pickens County briefly. The tornado uprooted trees on Hagood Mill Road and Earnest Way while it traveled just over half a mile between 4:16 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. As the tornado moved northeast, it caused extensive damage to trees on private property. The storm also damaged trees along E Preston McDaniel Road before it lifted.

“In the backyard, I have trees down everywhere,” Tammy Kelley told us. “I had three trees on my house. I’m going to have to fix my roof. It blowed all the windows out of the opposite side of my house and I actually had tree limbs in the living room.”

Wind speeds for the tornado reached up to 100 miles per hour.

NWS said a church along E. Preston McDaniel Road was damaged at the end of the tornado’s path.

More than 3,000 residents in Western North Carolina and South Carolina were without power due to the storm.

Less than two months ago, Pickens County had major damage from a storm on March 23.

Friday’s storm caused downed trees and powerlines and even damaged a local church.

“We’re intact, we’re safe, no one was here. We’re thankful for that,” said Rev. Richard Waldrip pastor of the church.

This home on Houston Mountain Road that was initially missed due to it being off a private drive.
This home on Houston Mountain Road that was initially missed due to it being off a private drive.(WHNS)

The NWS will survey several homes with damage including a home on Houston Mountain Road that was initially missed due to the home being off a private drive.

Stay tuned as we work to learn more from the NWS.

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