Tornadoes hit Spartanburg, Laurens, Pickens & Union counties

(WSPA) — The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed tornadoes hit Spartanburg, Laurens and Pickens counties on Sunday.

An EF-2 tornado started in Laurens County before moving into Spartanburg County with a wind speed of 115 to 120 miles per hour, according to the NWS.

Spartanburg County Emergency Management described in a Facebook post that the area of Highway 49 near I-385 looked “like a war zone.”

Another tornado hit in the Liberty Highway area of the Norris community in Pickens County. The NWS says that tornado was an EF-2 with a speed of 130 miles per hour.

It is estimated the maximum width was 300 yards and the length was 8.43 miles.

The initial touchdown happened at Maxey Drive then continued toward Robinson Bridge Road and ended near Liberty Highway and Tammy Drive. There were also brief touchdowns at EF-0 and EF-1 on Belle Shoals Road, Allgood Bridge Road and Shady Grove Road.

Twenty homes were damaged in all. Five homes suffered major structural damage.

Outbuildings and sheds were destroyed, trees snapped or uprooted and a communications tower was damaged, according to the NWS.

Mobile homes were destroyed and at least one flipped.

Greenwood County may have also been hit by a tornado. The NWS said the damage was a tornado earlier, but are now waiting to get more information before making a decision.

Union County Emergency Management says there is a confirmed tornado on Haney Rd. where the National Weather Service surveyed today. They say that tornado was an EF-0 with 75 mph wind speed.

The NWS confirmed a tornado in Newberry County was an EF-1.

They haven’t come to a conclusion as to the strengths of the tornadoes or exact paths or widths.

TORNADO SCALES
EF-0: 65-85 MPH
EF-1: 86-110 MPH
EF-2: 111-135 MPH
EF-3: 136-165 MPH
EF-4: 166-200 MPH
EF-5″ 200+ MPH