The National Weather Service office in Columbia confirmed that a tornado impacted the Midlands Sunday. It was a part of the severe weather to hit the area, that also included powerful winds and thunderstorms. A storm survey confirmed a tornado touchdown from Lexington to Irmo,
NWS Columbia posted on Twitter. At the height of the storm, just after 2 p.m., 74 mph winds were reported at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, according to NWS Columbia.
The NWS Columbia said an EF-0 tornado has wind speeds from 65-85 mph. Straight line winds can be as strong as tornadoes. Both were reported in the Midlands during Sunday’s storm.
The storms also forced warning sirens to sound off around Rock Hill. The city was under a tornado warning from about 2:45 to 3:30 PM, busy no confirmed tornadoes touched down.
Multiple trees fell around the City and according to a tweet from the CIty of Rock Hill there were 2700 power outages around the City. As of about 8 pm last night that number was down to 450.