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National Weather Service confirms tornado near Seneca

Greenville-Spartanburg office confirmed an EF1 tornado passed north of Upstate town Saturday, April 10

SENECA, S.C. — The Greenville-Spartanburg office of the National Weather Service (NWSGSP) confirmed Sunday afternoon that an EF1 tornado passed just northwest of downtown Seneca around 5:48 p.m. Saturday, April 10, 2021.

According to the statement by NWSGSP, the Oconee County city in Upstate South Carolina experienced light damage -- a radio tower was partially toppled, a business lost 20% of its roof, the force of the wind flipped a car parked in front of the business and a few hardwood trees were snapped and/or uprooted.

The tornado touched down near Keowee School Road (SC188) and traveled toward Lake Keowee. The storm's estimated peak wind was 90 miles per hour with the tornado moving along a path estimated to be 1.2 miles long and 15 yards (45 feet) wide at its maximum width.

The EF Scale is the Enhanced Fujita Scale that classifies tornadoes into the following catagories:

  • EF0: weak, winds 65-85 mph
  • EF1: weak, winds 86-110 mph
  • EF2: strong, winds 111-135 mph
  • EF3: strong, winds 136-165 mph
  • EF4: violent, winds 166-200 mph
  • EF5: violent, winds greater than 200 mph