The National Weather Service has confirmed it was a weak tornado that touched down in the Orangeburg County town of Vance on Sunday afternoon.
The agency says its survey team inspected damage about a mile east of the small town Monday morning, and determined it was consistent with an EF-O tornado. The twister is believed to have hit around 2:30 p.m. and had wind speeds up to 80 miles per hour.
NWS surveyors said the storm damage path was about 30 yards wide and roughly a half-mile long. Most of the roof was blown off a mobile home on Peach Orchard Street just south of Lake Marion, but otherwise only minor damage was reported.
Meteorologist Tony Petrolito said the team noted the evidence on location was consistent with a tornado. “If the damage is orientated in a way that looks like a tornado, where it’s not all blown in one direction but is showing the (wind’s) rotation, you can be certain that’s a tornado,” he told South Carolina Radio Network.
The National Weather Service responded to the area after a resident filmed what appeared to be a small funnel cloud moving across the area on Sunday.