SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down in Simpsonville Wednesday. A team spent Thursday surveying the damage.
The South Greenville Fire Department reports strong winds caused damage at nearly 50 homes.
Neighborhoods near West Georgia Road were left with downed trees and power lines. The American Red Cross opened a shelter at Reedy Fork Baptist Church for anyone needing a place to stay.
People who live in Leafmore Woods spent Thursday cleaning up and repairing damage to their homes.
Katy Jones picked up debris all over her property. “Some of the people’s roofs came off. Pretty much everybody lost a chimney. There’s a chimney in our pool, a lot of shingles are everywhere. There’s plywood everywhere,” Jones said.
“It was terrifying,” said Dorothy Nelson who lives next door. “It was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever been through.”
Steve Wilkinson, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service, Greenville-Spartanburg, says these kinds of severe storms can pop up in November.
“People don’t tend to think of tornadoes this time of year, but we kind of encourage people to be on guard all the time,” Wilkinson explained.
Bobbie and Brittany Millington hid in their closet as the storm came through.
“It’s really indescribable the sounds that we were hearing, it was loud,” Brittany remembered.
“It went dark and the wind was blowing like crazy and so we jumped in the closet. It was over with really quick but it was very scary,” Bobbie said. “I lived in Texas for 30 years and never had a tornado. Moved here, lived here three years and experienced my first tornado.”