Tornado Outbreak 2020


Savannah Miller

A destructive round of storms hit South Carolina, and over 20 tornados were spotted early Monday morning, April 13, 2020. 

22 counties faced the damages and 1,478 homes were damaged.  Pickens, Greenville, Oconee, Georgetown, Barnwell, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Aiken, and Colleton were affected the most. Of those 1478 homes, 150 were completely destroyed. Trees were ripped out from the ground and homes were torn apart. 

There were more than 60 reports of tornadoes as the storms that began on Sunday tore a deadly and destructive path from Texas and Arkansas, across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia and into the Carolinas and Tennessee.

Out of the 23 tornadoes, 6 were EF3 and over 165 mph. The tornadoes ranged from 80 mph to 165 mph.  Many people were injured and severely hurt, and 33 deaths were attributed to the storms. There is over $10 million worth of damage that needs to be repaired.

According to Wis news, “It was a complete nightmare, a nightmare that you weren’t going to wake up from,” Jessica Studebaker, the daughter of Doris and Gerald Chavis, said.
Jessica Studebaker said her parents, Doris and Gerald, known as Jerry to family, were found in the early hours of Monday morning in the rubble of their home.”