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State Route 159 EF-0 Tornado (Pickens County)
  April 12, 2020


Event Summary

Estimated Maximum Wind:
75 mph
Damage Path Length:
5.48 miles
Maximum Path Width:
300 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
5 S Ashcraft Corner
at 418 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
2 ENE Ashcraft Corner
at 426 pm


National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage in northeast Pickens County and determined it was the result of an EF-0 tornado.

The tornado formed along County Road 47 (Bill Hill Church Road) about nine miles northeast of Reform in northeastern Pickens County. The tornado moved northeast, paralleled State Route 159, and ended just inside Fayette County along County Road 12. Several trees were snapped and uprooted along the path. The tornado damage path was 5.48 miles long and was 300 yards wide at its widest point. The maximum winds were estimated around 75 mph. The tornado affected mostly rural locations.


Radar Image
Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the circulation just after the tornado touched down.
Images are from KGWX at 419 pm.