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National Weather Service confirms 2 tornadoes touched down in Beaufort Co. as Tropical Storm Elsa passed over the area

More power lines and trees down on 16th Street in downtown Port Royal, S.C.
More power lines and trees down on 16th Street in downtown Port Royal, S.C.(WTOC)
Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 11:25 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 9, 2021 at 11:53 PM EDT
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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Beaufort County on Wednesday, July 7, as Tropical Storm Elsa passed over the area.

Survey Crews confirm an EF1 tornado touched down at 11:44 p.m. on Parris Island. It had a wind peak of 97 mph and traveled 0.1344 miles.

The second touched down in Port Royal at 11:50 p.m. It was an EF1 tornado with 95 mph peak winds. It traveled 0.6259 miles.

Port Royal’s Mayor posted a message on social media.

“We had some sort of unusually weather event that came through last night with the storm. We’re uncertain right now if it was a tornado, micro burst or some sort of a straight wind event but we have a lot of damage here on Paris Avenue,” said Mayor Joe Devito.

There are no reports of injuries. The mayor is asking everyone to stay clear of the area.

WTOC is working to get more information and will update as we learn more.

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