The Latest: Roads blocked by downed trees in Newberry County


SALUDA, S.C. (AP) – The Latest on severe weather in South Carolina: (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Officials in a South Carolina county say one home was damaged after an apparent tornado passed through the area.

Saluda County Emergency Management Director Josh Morton said a small tree came down on the home as the storm came through on Wednesday. Morton said no injuries have been reported so far.

One resident told WIS-TV in Columbia that the apparent tornado sucked the skirt off his mobile home and also toppled trees across the street. But the man said his mobile home was left intact. The man also said he wouldn’t want to go through a storm like that again.

4:15 p.m.

A South Carolina sheriff’s office says roads have been blocked in their county due to toppled trees and downed power lines.

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office said a possible tornado passed near Prosperity Wednesday afternoon. A statement from the sheriff’s office said several roads will be closed for a while due to trees and power lines on the roads.

According to the sheriff’s office, there are approximately six homes damaged, ranging from minor to severe.

So far, no injuries have been reported.

3:41 p.m.

The National Weather Service in South Carolina confirmed a tornado touched down west of Saluda.

The weather service office in Columbia said on its Twitter page that around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday that a tornado was “on the ground producing damage.”

Forecasters also said a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located 8 miles (12.87 kilometers) northeast of Prosperity, or 12 miles (19.31 kilometers) east of Newberry. This location was mile marker 82 on Interstate 26.

The storm was moving northeast at 40 mph.

There was no immediate word on injuries.

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