The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Orangeburg County on Friday. One made its way into Calhoun County.
An EF-2 tornado packing winds of about 115 mph touched down at 1:48 p.m. about four miles west of Branchville, along the South Fork of the Edisto River near South River Road, according to NWS meteorologist Chris Rohrbach.
The tornado moved northeast, crossing Hudson Road near the fork of the Edisto River. It crossed Calhoun Street and U.S. Highway 21 south of Rowesville.
The tornado was on the ground for about 10.64 miles and cut a path about 300 yards wide, Rohrbach said.
The storm lifted about three miles northeast of Rowesville.
"The storm did considerable damage," Rohrbach said. "It snapped and uprooted a large number of hardwood trees. Several trees fell on homes, vehicles and sheds."
Rohrbach said a metal shed was destroyed, with debris from the shed scattered about 50 to 100 yards.
An EF-1 tornado packing winds of 110 mph touched down at 2:01 p.m. near Old Elloree Road and Odell Drive. It traveled 7.87 miles, cutting a swath about 400 yards wide.
The tornado lifted from the ground around four miles northwest of Cameron in Calhoun County.
The storm snapped and uprooted trees, with several trees falling onto mobile homes.
"At least two mobile homes were destroyed," Rohrbach said. "Walls collapsed on a cinder block garage with metal roofing tossed on the nearest roadway.”
Weather officials initially thought perhaps three tornadoes touched down in The T&D Region, but the Nation Weather Service now says damage near Holly Hill was not caused by a tornado.
The storms did not cause any injuries.
There were also reports of trees and power lines down in the Rowesville area on Bay Road and trees down on Arista Road in Orangeburg.
A peak wind gust of 60 mph was reported at the Orangeburg Municipal Airport.
In Calhoun County, there were reports of multiple trees down on Church Camp Road.
There were also trees down on Interstate 26 in Orangeburg County. U.S. Highway 33 was also blocked by trees.
A tree was blown down onto the former Rachael’s Restaurant in Ehrhardt on Broxton Bridge Road. The restaurant has been closed for some time.
Bamberg County Emergency Services officials say there were no reports of significant damage in the county.