Overnight EF-2 Tornado Hits Johns Island, SC

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UPDATE: The National Weather Service Tornado Damage Survey is complete.

EF-SCALE: High End EF-2, Estimated Max Winds: 130 mph


PATH LENGTH: ~ 7 Miles

NOTES:  No injuries or deaths

SUMMARY: The tornado formed at 12:42 AM just off of Cane Slash Rd on Johns Island and dissipated around 1 AM near Hwy 17 between Main Rd and Bees Ferry Rd. The twister produced High End EF-2 damage at two residences on Sonny Boy Lane. At one home, other than a small portion of roof left intact, the rest of the roof and most exterior walls of a well built brick home were knocked down. A large portion of this roof and AC unit were hurled around 150 yards. At another well built house across the street the entire back portion of the home was ripped off.

A home on Cane Slash Rd had a portion of the rood ripped off. Two businesses near the end of the path had portions of their roofs ripped off. In all there were an estimated 70-80 homes that suffered mainly minor damage to shingles, siding, and gutters. Thousands of trees were uprooted or snapped off…with some falling on structures and vehicles. Severe people in the worst hit area got to a safe place after receiving a warning on their cell phones.


Families on Johns Island are spending Friday surveying damage and cleaning up after a tornado moved in overnight. The National Weather Service first issued the tornado warning for Charleston County just before 1 AM. Illuminated by lightning, the tornado was visible from Charleston International Airport as it passed to the west.

According to St. John’s Fire District officials, calls started coming in soon after near Brownswood Road. Emergency responders found heavy debris from downed trees and power lines. Officials said ten Sonny Boy Lane homes were damaged but no one thankfully was injured.

The tornado was associated with a bigger storm system, area of low pressure, impacting the Southeastern states.

Storm Team 3 Meteorologist Matt Devitt

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