ALLENDALE, S.C. (WSAV) – Survey teams have found damage from an EF3 tornado that tore through Allendale Tuesday afternoon.
An EF3 is classified as a strong tornado, with severe winds between 136 and 165 mph.
According to the National Weather Service, further review is required before finalizing the tornado’s strength, though a complete summary is expected by the week’s end.
As of Thursday afternoon, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division has reported four homes destroyed, 11 homes damaged and three non-life-threatening injuries in its storm assessment.
In rural Allendale County Thursday, WSAV 3 spoke with a family whose two mobile homes on Bluff Road were completely destroyed by the tornado.
Tina Fields said her mother, Barbara Gill, is lucky to be alive.
Gill rode out the tornado in her car and was later pulled out by passersby. She’s said to be left with lacerations, fractures and other injuries.
“If my mother would have been in that house at all, she wouldn’t have made it,” Fields said.
Gill’s home of 30 years is in pieces, with nothing left intact but a set of stairs.
“Everything that me and my family knew as home,” said Fields, “where we were raised is just gone.”
Though the family is heartbroken, they believe better days are ahead.
“My mom is strong,” Fields said, “and I know because it’s a life that she built that she will want to come back here — want to make a home, make a life back here once again.”
Gill remains hospitalized in Augusta recovering from her injuries. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover hospital expenses and rebuild her home.