EF 1 Tornado Touchdown Confirmed in Newberry County

A Newberry County home has been destroyed.

Newberry, SC (WLTX) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Newberry County Sunday afternoon.

A survey team from the agency said late Monday that the twister came down in an area near the town of Chappells.

It's peak winds were at 108 miles an hour, and the tornado traveled along a 2.41 mile long path. It began near Lake Greenwood near Pineland Road, then lifted up and touched down in multiple locations as it moved north-northeast. It's second location was along Workmen Kelly Road, it's third location was along Highway 39 near the intersection of Salter Road, and the last location was along Old Craven Place Lane. 

It lasted for about seven minutes.  The funnel was about 50 yards wide, roughly half the size of a football field.

The tornado heavily damaged at least one home and a shed when it came down on Highway 39. No injuries were reported. 

The high winds ripped the metal roofing off and blew it across the property. Two garage doors of the building were blown inward, and a wood framed shed with a metal roof was lifted from its base and landed in the nearby woods. 

There was also damage to trees at that property and at other points along the  tornado's path. 

The homeowner says he saw the force of wind coming, and was able to get himself and his kids away to safety. 

Friends, neighbors, and fellow church members helped the homeowner with the rebuild and clean up process. Jason Fehr, a neighbor who lives down the road, was one of the ones who came to help. He said from his location, he didn't even know the weather had gotten that bad.

"I didn't even know that there was a tornado," Fehr said, "it was calm. It looked fine to me. I actually got a text from a friend of mine that had gotten some trees down but I didn't realize the extent of the damage."

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