Possible tornado causes ‘significant’ damage in Charleston

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Late Thursday night, a thunderstorm rolled in off of the ocean, a severe thunderstorm was issued, immediately followed by Tornado Warning. Shortly after, debris was indicated by Doppler radar which is consistent with what we’re seeing on Johns Island this morning.

The National Weather Service will be conducting a survey on Friday morning but they have released a statement and are saying a Tornado did move through the Johns Island and West Ashley areas of Charleston.

As of 5:50 a.m., St. Johns & Angel Oak schools are open. Expect the possibility of bus delays due to tornado damage.https://twitter.com/BradFrankoNews2/status/647346714131726336

The St. Johns Fire District sent out the following press release about the storm and the damage from the storm:

JOHN’S ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA – On September 25, 2015 at approximately 1:00 AM the Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch Center (CCCDC) received numerous requests for assistance after severe weather passed through St. John’s Fire District near Brownswood Road on John’s Island.  Emergency responders from the St. John’s Fire District, Charleston Fire Department, St. Andrews Fire Department, James Island Fire Department, Charleston County EMS, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, and Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad were dispatched for numerous request for assistance. Emergency responders encountered heavy debris from downed tress and power lines in the area of River Road and Brownswood Road.  Ten homes on Sonny Boy Lane suffered heavy damage. There are no reported injuries at this time. There are numerous large trees down on roadways as well as downed power lines at Main and River Road. A command post has been established at the St. John’s Fire District Headquarters to coordinate resources.

It is requested that the following areas be avoid:

Main Road and River Road

River Road at Brownswood Road

Brownswood Road at Old Pond Road

Old Pond Road and Main Road

The American Red Cross has been requested to assist residents that have been affected by the severe weather.

A tornado warning had been issued for the area but has not been confirmed at this time.

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