We have found at least 4 tornado touchdowns during our surveys so far today. Two in Newberry County, and 2 in Orangeburg County. Still don't have final ratings as the surveying continues.— NWS Columbia (@NWSColumbia) April 20, 2019
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the Orangeburg area on Friday afternoon. Radar has confirmed a tornado.
At 1:54 p.m., a tornado-producing storm was located near the Orangeburg County Airport, or 8 miles south of Orangeburg, moving northeast at 55 mph.
At 2:14 p.m., a confirmed tornado was located near St. Matthews, or
11 miles northeast of Brookdale, moving northeast at 55 mph.
The S.C. Department of Transportation is warning that all eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 at the 150 mile marker are blocked by downed trees.
Orangeburg County Emergency Services Director Billy Staley reported trees are down in the Four Holes area, Highway 33, Gramling Road and Bowman/Canaan.
The tornado warning was issued for southeastern Calhoun County, west central Clarendon County, northeastern Bamberg County, southwestern Sumter County and central Orangeburg County.
The warning is in effect until 2:30 p.m.
Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.
Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.
This tornadic storm will be near:
Edisto Gardens around 2 p.m.
Orangeburg, Brookdale, South Carolina State University and Claflin College around 2:05 p.m.
St. Matthews around 2:15 p.m.