A possible tornado struck a five-mile area near Conway and Loris Wednesday afternoon damaging homes, knocking down trees, blocking roads and ripping up power lines leaving more than 1,000 residents without electricity.
The wind storm began close to Booth’s Christmas Tree Farm on Adrian Highway and moved sporadically along five miles of the road to S.C. Highway 66, said Lisa Bourcier, Horry County spokeswoman.
At least four homes are uninhabitable due to roof damage or because the house was blown off the foundation, Bourcier said.
No injuries were reported.
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The number of structures impacted and the financial damage caused by the storm will be determined Thursday.
Officials from the National Weather Service will also be on the scene Thursday to determine whether the wind storm was a tornado.
No tornado warnings were issued from the National Weather Service (NWS) prior to when the storm struck Horry County just before noon.
Steve Pfaff, NWS meteorologist in Wilmington, said they received unconfirmed reports of possible tornadoes in the Longwood and Shallotte areas.
“If people do encounter any damage, just be aware there could be downed power lines and areas where it may be unsafe,” Pfaff said.
Brian Van Aernem of the Horry County Fire Department said damage was reported in the Allsbrook and Red Bluff area stretching north along Highway 905.
Downed trees, power lines and structural damage was also reported on Hucks Road, and a barn was damaged on Adrian Highway.
Sections of Adrian Highway were closed due to downed trees and power lines from Sabrina Lane to Highway 19, and power lines were knocked down on Highway 1124 near Loris.
Numerous power trucks from Horry Electric Cooperative were in the impacted areas within an hour of the storm’s passing to restore power to at least 1,200 customers. By 5 p.m., electricity was restored to all but a dozen customers.
Reporters Chloe Johnson, Christian Boschult, Emily Weaver, and Elizabeth Townsend contributed to this report.