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The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has
Confirmed the Following Tornadoes Occurred on April 3, 2017:

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

EF1 Tornado in Central in Pickens County

Location...           Central in Pickens County SC
Date...               April 3, 2017
Estimated Time...     152 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale 
Rating...             EF1
Estimated Maximum 
Wind Speed...         90 mph
Maximum Path Width... 10 yards
Path Length...        0.08 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...  34.7285N / 82.7812W
Ending Lat/Lon...     34.7296N / 82.7808W
Fatalities...         None 
Injuries...           None

Details... 
The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg SC has
confirmed a tornado near Central in Pickens County, South
Carolina on April 3, 2017.  The tornado very briefly touched down
near the intersection of Joseph St. and Wood St. in Central at
152 PM EDT, bringing down dozens of trees in a wooded area behind
residences. However, the vast majority of damage across Central
was not due to the tornado, rather 70-90mph straight-line winds.
Hundreds of trees across town were downed, with some minor
structural damage mainly from branches hitting houses. The worst
structural damage occurred to a the New Olive Grove Missionary
Baptist Church.

EF0 Tornado Near Berea in Eastern Pickens and Western Greenville Counties

Location...           From 3 miles southwest of Berea in Pickens County SC to 
                      Berea in Greenville County SC.
Date...               April 3, 2017
Estimated Time...     From around 212 PM EDT to 215 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale 
Rating...             EF0
Estimated Maximum 
Wind Speed...         85 mph
Maximum Path Width... 50 yards 
Path Length...        3 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...  34.8592N / 82.5074W
Ending Lat/Lon...     34.8796N / 82.4636W
Fatalities...         None
Injuries...           None

Details...
The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg SC has
confirmed a tornado near Berea in Pickens and Greenville Counties
in South Carolina on April 3, 2017. The tornado touched down in
eastern Pickens County near Saluda Dam and Pistol Club Roads,
downing trees and damaging outbuildings at a farm, ripping metal
sheeting off the roofs. Some minor structural damage, mainly in
the form of missing shingles, occurred to a nearby house. The
tornado weakened and moved east, skipping up and down as it
crossed Saluda Lake, downing a few trees in extreme western
Greenville County in Berea before lifting.

EF0 Tornado Four Miles Northwest of Laurens in Laurens County

Location...           Four miles northwest of Laurens in Laurens County SC
Date...               April 3, 2017
Estimated Time...     From approximately 250 PM EDT to 251 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale 
Rating...             EF0
Estimated Maximum 
Wind Speed...         85 mph
Maximum Path Width... 75 yards
Path Length...        0.75 miles, continuous
Beginning Lat/Lon...  34.5537N / 82.0697W
Ending Lat/Lon...     34.5553N / 82.0566W
Fatalities...         None 
Injuries...           None

Details...
The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg SC has
confirmed a tornado four miles northwest of Laurens in Laurens
County South Carolina on April 3, 2017. Most of the damage
consisted of downed, but some minor structural damage occurred,
mainly in the form of minor roof damage.

EF1 Tornado Six Miles North of Whitmire in Union County

Location...           About 6 miles north of Whitmire in Union County SC
Date...               April 3, 2017
Estimated Time...     Approximately 323 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale 
Rating...             EF1
Estimated Maximum 
Wind Speed...         100 mph
Maximum Path Width... 150 yards at touchdown, tapering to 75-100 yards at the end
Path Length...        1.25 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...  34.586N / 81.602W
Ending Lat/Lon...     34.586N / 81.594W
Fatalities...         1 
Injuries...           None

Details...
The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg SC has
confirmed a tornado 6 N Whitmire in Union County South Carolina on 
April 3, 2017. Tornado damage started around Healing Springs 
Church Road and Eaves Road and ended near the end of Eaves Road. 
The fatality occurred in a mobile home which was overturned and 
rolled off its frame.

The tornado path length was 1.25 miles long, about 150 yards wide
at touchdown and tapering to 75 to 100 yards at the end. Damaging
downburst winds also extended about 100 to 200 yards south of the
tornado path.

For reference, the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

EF0...Wind speeds 65 to 85 mph
EF1...Wind speeds 86 to 110 mph
EF2...Wind speeds 111 to 135 mph
EF3...Wind speeds 136 to 165 mph
EF4...Wind speeds 166 to 200 mph
EF5...Wind speeds greater than 200 mph