National Weather Service officials surveying the damage from a severe storm that struck Wednesday confirm it was a tornado that severely damaged several homes along Adrian Highway and a five-mile area.
The tornado initially touched down on Adrian Highway just west of the tree farm and moved sporadically along five miles of the road to S.C. Highway 66.
“I think it was definitely a tornado,” said Steven Pfaff, NWS meteorologist.
The initial survey shows winds were in excess of 100 mph across most of the tornado’s swath, reaching112 mph in some areas -- that’s an EF2 tornado, the category with wind speeds hitting between 111-135 mph.
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The National Weather Service did not issue a warning because the tornado formed within minutes, Pfaff said.
Pfaff said information gathered Thursday will inform forecasters and help them to better predict storms.
As to the rare Feburary tornado, Pfaff said "It's not common, but not unheard of."
Check back for further updates on this developing story.