COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two days after a storm spun up tornadoes and otherwise strong storms across South Carolina, state and local agencies are beginning to get an idea about how badly each region was hit.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Department released storm damage estimates around 3 p.m. Thursday that were released by local county agencies. While no deaths were reported in South Carolina, there were several reports of homes and other structures being damaged or even destroyed.
One of the hardest-hit areas, Allendale County, reported four homes completely destroyed along with another 11 that were damaged. There were also three injuries that were storm or tornado-related but they weren't considered life-threatening.
Bamberg County reported five homes destroyed and 15 more damaged. Emergency management in Clarendon County reported three homes destroyed and Orangeburg reported two homes destroyed and 10 damaged. And further to the east, Horry County reported five homes damaged.
These damage reports, however, are not complete as additional assessments continue in several counties. So far, the National Weather Service has confirmed five tornadoes that ranged from EF-1 to at least EF-3. These estimates may change in the coming days as NWS sends teams out to further study the damage.