The National Weather Service confirmed damage from Monday’s storm was caused by a microburst rather than a tornado.
Steve Akers, director of Marlboro County Emergency Management/E911, said NWS said it was a microburst with winds between 100-110 miles per hour.
A microburst is similar to a tornado and can cause comparable damage. These short bursts of extreme weather, usually lasting 5 to 10 minutes, arise from down drafts of sinking air in a thunderstorm, and when this powerful column of wind eventually hits the ground, it can spread straight-line winds over 100 mph.
Akers said a majority of the devastation was in the Wallace area of the county, which had no fatalities or injuries.
There were a lot of trees and power lines down with damage to several houses.
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