National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Wild Goose Creek EF-0 Tornado (Pickens Co)
  February 23, 2016


Event Summary

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in rural northern Pickens County just northeast of Reform and have determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-0 tornado. Maximum winds were estimated to be around 85 mph.

The tornado touched down in a wooded area near Wild Goose Creek, due south of the intersection of Ollie Bonner Road and Pickens County Road 49. From there, it moved on a slightly west of due north path as it crossed CR-49 and CR-3. The tornado ultimately lifted just north of where Beaver Creek Road crosses over Beaver Creek. The tornado remained over a rural and wooded area through almost its entire path, and damage largely consisted of trees that were either uprooted or snapped. In the area near Ollie Bonner Road and CR-49, one home and one shed each received minor roof damage.

Estimated Maximum Wind:
85 mph
Damage Path Length:
4.8 miles
Maximum Path Width:
150 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
at 422 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
at 431 pm


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Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the tornado as it crossed CR-49 near Reform.
Images are from KGWX at 424pm.


Shed damage

Tree damage