HAMPTON CO., SC (WTOC) - During our severe weather coverage on Monday, we had a tornado warning for northern Hampton County. A survey team from the National Weather Service in Charleston confirmed in a preliminary report that an EF-0 tornado touched down around 4:43 p.m. with estimated maximum wind speeds of 80 mph.
The crew says the tornado was on the ground for .28 miles and the width of the twister was 240 yards.The report states the tornado touched down about 2.7 miles east of Gifford in Hampton County, traveling about a third of a mile before lifting near Thomas Hamilton Road.
The damage was limited to uprooting of small soft and hardwood trees. More widespread tree damage was just south of the tornado, associated with straight-line winds.
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