National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Columbia SC
152 PM EDT Tue Aug 20 2019


.Downburst City of Newberry in Newberry County, SC...

Location...City of Newberry in Newberry County, SC
Date...August 17, 2019
Estimated Time...839 PM EDT
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...85-95 mph
Maximum Path Width...1000 yards
Path Length...3.5 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.3124/-81.6319
Ending Lat/Lon...34.2632/-81.6105
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

A National Weather Service Storm Survey Team on Monday
determined that a downburst produced straight-line wind damage
within the city limits of Newberry. The severe thunderstorm
downed trees and power lines from Whitmire south-southeast
through Newberry and Prosperity all the way to Lake Murray.
However, much of the damage was concentrated in the City of
Newberry. The most extensive damage occurred from near the
intersection of Airport Road and Highway 76 and continued
south-southeast to McSwain and Mollohan Parks. There were
numerous large hardwood trees that were uprooted along with
a few hardwood and softwood trees that were snapped. Some of
the largest oak trees were estimated to be from 75 to 150
years old. There were also numerous large limbs down across
the city. Many of the trees fell on power lines, damaging
street lighting and traffic signals. Several trees and large
branches fell on homes and cars. A family was trapped in their
home near the intersection of Langford Mill Road and Boundary
Street when a tree fell on their home. An elderly woman was
trapped in her home along Bush River Road when a tree fell
on her home. Damage occurred in McSwain Park and Mollohon
Park due to trees that fell on playfield equipment. The
damage path length was around 3.5 miles and a path width of
approximately 1000 yards.

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