UPDATE: At least 1 tornado confirmed in Columbia County

UPDATE: At least 1 tornado confirmed in Columbia County
The National Weather Service confirms that at least one tornado touched down Sunday, damaging several homes in the Magnolia Plantation neighborhood in Evans, GA. (Source: WFXG)

COLUMBIA (WFXG) - At least 1 tornado touched down in Columbia County Sunday as severe storms rolled through the CSRA.

Confirmed: at least one tornado touched down in Columbia County. Lex Juarez WFXG is at the Magnolia Plantation neighborhood where there is significant damage.

Posted by WFXG FOX 54 on Monday, March 4, 2019

According to a preliminary report from the National Weather Service, a tornado touched down along Magnolia Lane in Evans Sunday, causing significant damage to several homes. The survey team is still working to determine the exact path of the tornado and its strength.

The survey team will leave Columbia County and continue work on surveying storm damage in Aiken and Edgefield Counties.

UPDATE 1: The National Weather Service has found evidence of at least two tornadoes in the region from Sunday’s storms. It’s unclear where the tornadoes touched down at this time, but that information is expected to be released soon.

The local National Weather Service office, based in Columbia, SC, covers much of central South Carolina and parts of the CSRA.

ORIGINAL STORY: The National Weather Service in Columbia, SC is sending a storm survey team to assess damage from storms in Columbia and Edgefield Counties Monday. The team will have more details on Sunday night’s storms later Monday once their assessment is complete.

On storm surveys, the National Weather Service looks at the damage done by a storm, documents it, and uses a rating system to determine an estimated wind speed. They can also determine if damage was caused by a tornado or by straight line winds based on these surveys.

FOX 54 will bring you updates on the group’s findings.

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