Colleton County Fire-Rescue


The National Weather Service conducted surveys in Colleton County the afternoon of 15-April and provided the below information on the four tornados that struck County in the early morning hours Monday 13-April.  

Southwest Colleton County


Start Location:            7 SE Islandton

End Location:             7 WNW Hendersonville in Colleton County SC Date...04/13/2020

Estimated Time:          06:39 AM EDT

EF-Scale Rating:         EF1

Est Max Wind Speed: 90 mph Maximum Path

Width:                        50.0 yards

Path Length:               1.43 miles

Beginning Lat/Lon:     32.8359 / -80.8539

Ending Lat/Lon:          32.8454 / -80.8319

*  Fatalities:                0

*  Injuries:                  0


The tornado formed just west of Lowcountry Hwy. (US Hwy. 21) in southwest Colleton County and traveled about 1.5 miles northeast before dissipating. The tornado snapped of a couple dozen pine trees and broke off some tree branches along the path.


West Walterboro

Start Location:            5 WSW Walterboro in Colleton County SC

End Location:             2 W Walterboro in Colleton County SC

Date:                          04/13/2020

Estimated Time:         06:46 AM EDT

EF-Scale Rating:         EF1

Est Max Wind Speed: 105 mph Maximum Path

Width:                        100.0 yards

Path Length:               3.16 miles

Beginning Lat/Lon:     32.8768 / -80.7459

Ending Lat/Lon:         32.9098 / -80.7086

*  Fatalities:                0

*  Injuries:                  0


The tornado formed along Sniders Hwy (SC Hwy 63) west of Interstate 95 and traveled northeast a little over 3 miles before dissipating in or near the Ashepoo River/Jones Swamp area just west of Interstate 95. The tornado produced extensive tree damage in the vicinity of Beach Road. The tornado overturned a tractor trailer near mile marker 55 on Interstate 95. Hundreds of trees were snapped off or uprooted along the path.


Walterboro, SC 

Start Location:            4 SW Walterboro

End Location:             4 WSW Round O

Date:                          04/13/2020

Estimated Time:          06:47 AM EDT

EF-Scale Rating:         EF1

Est Max Wind Speed: 110 mph Maximum Path

Width:                        500.0 yards

Path Length:               8.1 miles

Beginning Lat/Lon:     32.8791 / -80.7305

Ending Lat/Lon:          32.9356 / -80.6083

*  Fatalities:                1

*  Injuries:                  1


The tornado formed near Sniders Hwy (SC Hwy. 63) about a mile east of the West Walterboro tornado. This tornado grew in size as it tracked through Walterboro and then tracked northeastward through the Lowcountry Regional Airport and then further northeast with a preliminary length of about 8 miles. Further investigation needs to be done to determine if the path continued farther to the northeast and if so how far. This tornado produced extensive tree damage along the path across northwestern portions of Walterboro with many hundreds of trees snapped off or uprooted. Trees falling on houses or the wind associated with the tornado produced mainly minor damage to hundreds of residences and some businesses.

Inflow winds into the tornado produced significant tree and some structural damage across the central and southeastern portions of Walterboro. In this area a large pine tree fell through a section of a home killing a person and injuring another.

At the Lowcountry Regional Airport, winds associated with the tornado or winds flowing into the tornado damaged or destroyed most hangers and damaged or destroyed nearly two dozen aircraft.


Edisto Beach Tornado

Start Location:             6 SSW Edisto Island

End Location:             5 SSW Edisto Island in Colleton County SC Date...04/13/2020

Estimated Time:          08:15 AM EDT

EF-Scale Rating:         EF2

Est Max Wind Speed: 125 mph Maximum

Path Width:                140.0 yards

Path Length:               1.16 miles

Beginning Lat/Lon:     32.4852 / -80.343 Ending Lat/Lon:                  32.491 / -80.3244

*  Fatalities:                0

*  Injuries:                  0 


The tornado likely started as a waterspout off the coast and then moved inland across Edisto Beach. The tornado ripped portions or large sections of roofs off of six homes. The home most impacted by the storm was on the beach in the 3300 block of Palmetto Blvd where glass doors and windows were broken in and large sections of the roof were removed. The wall facing the road of the home was pushed towards the road. There was numerous trees snapped off and uprooted along the path, power lines were knocked down, a boat and several vehicles were damaged, and a trailer was flipped over. Numerous homes had windows blown out or suffered minor siding or roof damage. The tornado dissipated around 817 AM in the marsh after leaving Edisto Beach.


EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories 

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph

EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph

EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph

EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph

EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph

EF5...Violent...>200 mph

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS Storm Data.