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Preliminary Damage Survey Findings for the April 5 -6, 2022 Severe Storms


April 5th, 2022


.Allendale SC...

Rating:                 EF3
Estimated Peak Wind:    137 mph
Path Length /statute/:  13.3771 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   1000.0 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               1

Start Date:             04/05/2022
Start Time:             03:50 PM EDT
Start Location:         3 ENE Milbury / Allendale County / SC
Start Lat/Lon:          32.9286 / -81.3756

End Date:               04/05/2022
End Time:               04:10 PM EDT
End Location:           2 NE Sycamore / Allendale County / SC
End Lat/Lon:            33.0518 / -81.1998

Survey Summary:
The tornado touched down just north of the intersection of Bluff
and Best Loop Roads. The tornado then moved rapidly northeastward
across Fitts and St. Mark Road, where it completely destroyed a
few mobile homes, and injured one person. This mobile home damage
was sufficient to justify a low-end EF-3 rating. The tornado then
continued to the northeast across Burton Road and Allendale-
Fairfax Highway, where it produced significant damage to a
building and many trees. From here, the tornado then moved across
Confederate Highway and then across the northern end of Sycamore,
ending on the northeast side of Sycamore, near Williams Road.
Most of the damage around the Sycamore area was to trees, as well
as minor damage to some structures.


.Bryan County GA...
Rating:                 EF4
Estimated Peak Wind:    185 mph
Path Length /statute/:  14.5113 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   1300.0 yards
Fatalities:             1
Injuries:               12

Start Date:             04/05/2022
Start Time:             05:18 PM EDT
Start Location:         Pembroke / Bryan County / GA
Start Lat/Lon:          32.1202 / -81.6561

End Date:               04/05/2022
End Time:               05:33 PM EDT
End Location:           1 ESE Blitchton / Bryan County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            32.1854 / -81.4225

Survey Summary: A strong tornado began just west of the Bryan County
Courthouse in Pembroke, where it damage part of the roof, blew out
some windows, and snapped numerous trees. The tornado moved
northeastward across a wooded, marshy area, including C C, Stubbs
Farms and Stubbs Roads. In this area it produced massive tree
damage, and heavily damaged a residence on Stubbs Farm Road. The
tornado then continued east-northeast moving through Hendrix Park,
Park Place subdivision, and Black Creek Golf Course, where it
reached it maximum EF4 intensity of 185 mph, and width of
approximately 3/4 of a mile. Across this area the violent tornado
extensively damaged most of the homes, structures and trees. Some
homes and structures were completely destroyed. Several injuries,
some serious, occurred in this area as well. The tornado continued
east-northeast over wooded and marshy areas, across Olive Branch
Road and then across the southern end of Homestead Drive. Several
mobile homes were completely destroyed, and one fatality and
additional injuries occurred in this area. The tornado began to
weaken as it moved toward the interchange of I-16 and U.S. Highway
280. In this area there was some minor roof damage to a large
industrial building off of Oracal Parkway Circle, as well as some
snapping and uprooting of trees. The tornado finally dissipated in a
marshy region just east of Oracal Parkway Circle.

.Ulmer SC...

RATING:                 EF1
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             04/05/2022
START TIME:             06:03 PM EDT
START LAT/LON:          33.1124 / -81.2277

END DATE:               04/05/2022
END TIME:               06:05 PM EDT
END LAT/LON:            33.1118 / -81.2055

Survey Summary:
This tornado path was originally thought to be the beginning of the 
long path tornado that crossed into Bamberg County, SC. New high 
resolution satellite data now indicates that this path was independent 
and much shorter. As mentioned before, this tornado touched down just 
west of Wells Branch Road, near the Allendale-Barnwell County line. In 
this area, the tornado was strongest, snapping and uprooting many trees. 
The tornado then appeared to have weakened as it continued eastward 
across a remote area, before dissipating near the CSX railroad line, 
still within Allendale County, SC.
.Allendale/Bamberg/Orangeburg County...

Rating:                 EF3
Estimated Peak Wind:    160 mph
Path Length /statute/:  34.808 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   500.0 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

START DATE:             04/05/2022
START TIME:             06:03 PM EDT
START LAT/LON:          33.0993 / -81.218

END DATE:               04/05/2022
END TIME:               06:53 PM EDT
END LAT/LON:            33.3642 / -80.7123

Survey Summary:
Storm Survey teams from National Weather Service Columbia and Charleston
combined to confirm a strong EF3 tornado that developed in Allendale
County and tracked through Bamberg and Orangeburg Counties before
dissipating. The tornado had a path length of nearly 36 miles with a
maximum path width of 500 yards. The peak wind associated with the
tornado was 160 mph.

The tornado touched down near Ulmer, SC around 603 pm as an EF2 and
snapped trees and telephone poles. The initial touchdown point was
along Wells Branch Road near the Barnwell County line in Allendale
County and crossed into Bamberg county near the intersection of Highway
321 and Highway 301. After this point, the tornado rapidly intensified
and moved through a large forest of mostly softwood pine, with hardwood
oaks in the forest for some stretch. As it approached Popeye Rd in
Bamberg County, the tornado strengthened into a strong EF3 with winds
estimated at 160 mph. Remarkable damage was done to both softwoods and
hardwoods in this forest, with an estimated 2 miles of 80-100% forest
blowdown. In a particularly intense section, the tornado scoured the
ground and stripped pine needles off of young pine trees. Additionally,
many younger pine trees in this area were debarked and delimbed. On
either side of this were sections of pine and oak that had been snapped
low, at or below 5 feet, to the ground. Strong EF3 damage is estimated
to have continued from Popeye Road across Kirkland Creek and then
towards Wild Flower Road in Bamberg County. From here, the tornado
weakened a bit  as it approached Alligator road. The tornado was near
its peak width at this time, then striking a more residential area along
Carver road. Here, one mobile home was completely destroyed, with a home
having its roof completely gone and some partial wall collapses. On
either side of the center of the track, other homes sustained different
degrees of damage to their roofs and siding. The tornado continued
northeastward and maintained some EF2 strength as it did so, primarily
to trees. Much of the damage on Macedonia Church Rd was from trees
falling on homes. The tornado showed signs of weakening by this point
as it approached Orangeburg county, and it is distinctly possible that
there were multiple weak vortexes impacting only  the tops of trees. EF0
and weak EF1 damage was noted until the county line with Orangeburg,
where the tornado regained some of its strength and continued doing
damage. The tornado approached the North Fork of the Edisto river and
impacted a couple of homes, doing some significant tree damage on both
properties. As the tornado approached Freedom Road in Orangeburg County,
it produced EF0 and EF1 damage continuing to snap trees. The tornado
continued to weaken gradually as it approached the city of Bowman,
finally dissipating about 2 miles north of the city around 6:53 PM.


.Varnville SC...

Rating:                 EF0
Estimated Peak Wind:    82 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.7405 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   250.0 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             04/05/2022
Start Time:             06:20 PM EDT
Start Location:         Varnville / Hampton County / SC
Start Lat/Lon:          32.8435 / -81.0761

End Date:               04/05/2022
End Time:               06:24 PM EDT
End Location:           2 ENE Varnville / Hampton County / SC
End Lat/Lon:            32.8561 / -81.0502

Survey Summary:
A weak tornado touched down just west of Pepper Street, then move
northeast across U.S. 278 snapping and uprooting some trees and
causing some minor roof damage to one home near the intersection
of Oak and Howard Streets. The tornado continue to move northeast
across a mostly wooded area, where it snapped and uprooted some
trees. It ended in an open field just east of the intersection of
Papas and Mill Pond Road, where is snapped and uprooted a few
more trees, overturned some utility trailers and threw a small
grain bin.


.Northern Dorchester County...

Rating:                 EF0
Estimated Peak Wind:    73 mph
Path Length /statute/:  5.6003 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   50.0 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             04/05/2022
Start Time:             07:12 PM EDT
Start Location:         Byrd / Dorchester County / SC
Start Lat/Lon:          33.169 / -80.5188

End Date:               04/05/2022
End Time:               07:19 PM EDT
End Location:           1 E Harleyville / Dorchester County / SC
End Lat/Lon:            33.2106 / -80.4357

Survey Summary:
Weak tornado touched down near the intersection of U.S. Route
78 and Horne Taylor Rd. The tornado continued northeast across a
mostly wooded area, producing sporadic tree damage. The tornado
ended just northeast of E. Main Street, in Harleyville, SC.


April 6th, 2022


.Colleton County...

Rating:                 EF0
Estimated Peak Wind:    75 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.0161 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   100.0 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             04/06/2022
Start Time:             10:59 PM EDT
Start Location:         3 S Stokes / Colleton County / SC
Start Lat/Lon:          32.9187 / -80.7411

End Date:               04/06/2022
End Time:               11:02 PM EDT
End Location:           3 SSE Stokes / Colleton County / SC
End Lat/Lon:            32.9171 / -80.7237

Survey Summary:
A weak tornado began just west of Alison Lane, where it snapped and
uprooted a few trees. It then moved eastward across a wooded area
where it snapped a few more trees before moving across Sandy Springs
Circle. At its ending point just east of Sandy Springs Circle, it
snapped and uprooted more trees and destroyed a fence.


EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

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