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These instructions are only intended for reporting significant weather in northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina in the counties highlighted below. To be sure that you're reporting to the right place, click on this link and enter your location to find your local NWS office. Our neighboring offices include Charleston, SC; Columbia, SC; Raleigh, NC; and Newport/Morehead City, NC.

The National Weather Service depends on accurate reporting of severe weather to help us with our mission to protect lives and property. We would like to hear of any significant weather phenomena that you observe, though we are particularly interested in receiving timely reports of tornadoes, one inch (quarter-sized) and larger hail, damaging wind gusts and flash flooding (see the tabs below for more details).

How to Report:

You have a variety of ways to contact us as listed below. Feel free to let us know if you are a trained SKYWARN storm spotter, a ham radio operator, a member of law enforcement, or other affiliation (if applicable). After some quality control, your report may be classified as an official Local Storm Report (LSR)


Storm Reporting Form

What to Report:

Your accurate and timely reports can be critical to our warning decision process! See below for the information you should include in your reports. 

  • Location
    • ​Latitude and Longitude (most preferred method of reporting location)
    • Road/street and city or zip code
    • Distance/direction from nearest city (e.g., 4 NE Florence, SC...this is the least preferred method)
  • Type of weather and/or damage you are reporting
  • Time/duration that the weather and/or damage occurred
  • Pictures/videos are very helpful, especially for tornado reports!!
  • Contact info so we can reach back out if needed


Click on the tabs below for more detailed information on what to report. You can also refer to the Weather Spotter's Field Guide.


Thank you for your reports!!



Tornado: A violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm cloud to the ground. If a tornado is over water it is classified as a waterspout. The Enhanced Fujita (EF) Tornado Intensity Scale (seen below) is used to categorize the strength of tornadoes. We assign these ratings after we go out and survey the damage. More information about the EF scale and damage indicators are located here.


Enhanced Fujita (EF) Tornado Intensity Scale

EF Rating 3 Second Gust (mph)
0 65-85
1 86-110
2 111-135
3 136-165
4 166-200
5 Over 200


Funnel Cloud: A condensation funnel extending from the base of a towering cumulus or cumulonimbus cloud, associated with a rotating column of air that is not in contact with the ground/water surface. Not all funnel clouds will become tornadoes. A condensation funnel only becomes a tornado if either a) it becomes in contact with the ground/water surface or b) a debris cloud or dust whirl is visible beneath it.

What kind of damage did the wind cause?

  • Small limbs down (less than 2" in diameter)
  • Large limbs/branches down (more than 2" in diameter)
  • Trees snapped or uprooted
  • Power lines down (DO NOT TOUCH THESE)
  • Structural damage and/or roof damage
  • If you have an anemometer or an at-home weather station, wind gusts of 40 mph or greater are particularly important to know.



Size Description Diameter (inches)
Pea 1/4
Penny 3/4
Nickel 7/8
Quarter 1.00*
Half Dollar 1.25*
Ping Pong Ball 1.50*
Golf Ball 1.75*
Hen Egg 2.00*
Tennis Ball 2.50*
Baseball 2.75*
Grapefruit 4.00*
Softball 4.50*


*Any hail size at or above a quarter (1.00 inches) is considered to be a severe thunderstorm.