COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina got a wave of severe weather that included at least one large tornado and several other twisters as well.
A large, destructive tornado has been confirmed in Allendale County, leading to the National Weather Service issuing a tornado emergency in that area. There are already reports of heavy damage in that area, and videos have been shared on social media showing the tornado itself. That same cell was moved through Orangeburg County.
All tornado warnings have since expired. A tornado warning means a tornado has been observed on the ground or has been indicated by radar.
Here were the list of updates on the storm as it moved through the area.
8:15 PM: All tornado warnings in the Midlands of South Carolina have now expired!
7:45 PM: Tornado warning for Clarendon, Lee, and Sumter Counties
This tornado warning in in effect until 8:15 PM and includes the towns of Manning, Turbeville, and Alcolu. People in these areas should seek shelter immediately!
7:28 PM - One injury reported so far from Allendale County tornado
Per SC Emergency Management Division: "Earlier reports of a storm-related death in Allendale appear to be inaccurate. We currently have reports of one injury (not life-threatening) and no deaths as a result of this storm, thankfully."
7:10 PM - Tornado warning extended until 7:45 PM for Orangeburg, Clarendon Counties
6:56 PM: Tornado warning continues for Orangeburg County, gets extended
A tornado warning continues for Bowman, Rowesville, in Orangeburg
County until 7:15 PM
6:45 PM - Large tornado in Orangeburg County
Very large, destructive tornado moving through Orangeburg. This was in the area of Branchville. It was scheduled to pass south of Bowman and was headed toward Interstate 26.
6:44 PM: SC lawmakers shelter in place due to tornado warning
State lawmakers at the South Carolina State House had to shelter in place in a basement at the capitol building while the area was under a tornado warning. That warning was later lifted.
6:30 PM: South Carolina governor warns of dangerous storms.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued the following statement:
The dangerous weather system moving through the state will continue for the next several hours. It’s vitally important to monitor your local forecasts and to be prepared to take safety precautions if a warning is issued for your area.
Follow your local National Weather Service Office, county emergency management offices, and trusted news outlets for updates.
6:25 PM: Tornado warning for southern Orangeburg County
This is in effect until 7 PM. This includes the towns of Eutawville and Foreston. Seek shelter immediately!
5:51 PM: Tornado Warning for Orangeburg and Bamberg Counties
This warning is in effect until 6:30 p.m. This is said to be a large, confirmed tornado. Seek shelter immediately!
5:40 PM: Tornado Warning for Lexington, Richland County
A new tornado warning has been issued for Lexington and Richland Counties until 6:15 PM. This includes the cities of Columbia, Lexington, Gilbert, Batesberg-Leesville, West Columbia. Seek shelter immediately!
4:52 PM - New tornado warning issued for Orangeburg, Clarendon Counties.
This warning is in effect until 5:45 PM. That's for southern Orangeburg and Clarendon Counties. This is the same cell that produced a large tornado in Allendale County. People should take shelter immediately!
4:24 PM - Tornado warning continues in Orangeburg County until 5 PM. If you are in the path TAKE SHELTER NOW.
4:10 PM - Flooded streets in part of Columbia
The intersection of Main and Whaley Street near the USC campus has flooded. That is an intersection that frequently floods when heavy rains falls in a short amount of time.
4:02 PM - New tornado warning in Orangeburg County
This one is for southern Orangeburg County for Branchville and Rowesville. This is the same storm that produced a confirmed tornado in Allendale County. A tornado emergency was declared in Allendale because the tornado is believed to be large. There are already damage reports down there.
3:52 PM - Earlier tornado warnings expire
Tornado warnings that were in effect for Newberry and Orangeburg Counties have now expired.
3:39 PM - Newberry County Sheriff gives update
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says there have been no reports of damage at this time but there is street level flooding. A tornado warning had been issued in the area Tuesday afternoon.
3:12 PM: Tornado Watch issued for the Midlands
3:08 PM - Tornado warning: for part of Orangeburg County
This warning is for extreme western Orangeburg County and is in effect until 3:45 PM
3:05 PM - Tornado warning issued in Newberry County
A tornado warning has been issued for Newberry County until 3:45 p.m. That includes the cities of Newberry and Silverstreet.