Orangeburg Tornado Traveled Farther Than Thought

6:52 PM, Jun 5, 2013   |    comments
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Radar image of the tornado as it passed over Orangeburg County on June 4, 2013.

Orangeburg County, SC (WLTX) - The National Weather Service now says a tornado that touched down in Orangeburg and Dorchester County traveled farther than previously thought.

A storm survey team says the twister touched down around 3:39 p.m. Tuesday.

The tornado began near Ayshire Road and Ebenezer Road, moving southeast down Ebenezer. It then turned toward Duncan Chapel Road, then crossed Interstate 95 and lifted back up where Duncan Chapel meets Highway 15.

Originally, it was believe that the tornado traveled 2.25 miles, but now investigators say it went 5.75 miles.

"Fortunately the tornado stayed in rural areas.  It is surprising that we didn't get reports of cars being blown off I-95 since it traveled over I-95,"  says News19 chief meteorologist Jim Gandy.  

The storm damaged trees and crops along its path.

The storm was rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which measures tornado intensity. Winds were estimated to be between 100 and 105 miles an hour.

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