COLUMBIA, S.C. — The tornado that heavily damaged a school in Kershaw County school took less than a minute to cause all that destruction.
Around 10:30 Saturday night a tornado struck North Central High School near the city of Camden.
The high-end EF-2 tornado had estimated winds of 130 mph and was only on the ground for about 0.56 miles.
The maximum path width was estimated at 150 yards. The storms Saturday night were estimated to be moving at 50-55 mph.
Given the estimated speed and the path length. The tornado was likely on the ground for less than a minute, probably only about 35-45 seconds.
In just that short time, the tornado caused extensive damage to the school's facility.
According to the National Weather Service, the tornado snapped numerous pine trees at the beginning of the storm track.
It also partially collapsed the concrete stadium bleachers and the press box.
The tornado traveled across the gym, lifting large heating and air conditioning units off the roof.
The roof of the main office was destroyed, and exterior wall along the west side of the building collapsed.
The tornado moved four school buses. It also damaged another 25-30 school buses. The storm also did damage to the stands near the baseball field.
Luckily, there have been no injuries reported from the tornado.