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NWS finds 5 mile damage path after EF-1 tornado in Columbus County

Viewer submitted photo of damage to a home on US 74 east. (Source: zrudisin) Viewer submitted photo of damage to a home on US 74 east. (Source: zrudisin)
Trees down in Delco. (Source: Patricia Duncan) Trees down in Delco. (Source: Patricia Duncan)
Information on the Columbus County tornado. (Source: WECT/National Weather Service) Information on the Columbus County tornado. (Source: WECT/National Weather Service)
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The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down Thursday near Bolton in Columbus County. The National Weather Service estimates the maximum wind speed to be 105 mph. 

A tornado warning was issued for eastern Columbus County shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday. 

The storm left hundreds without power and some damage to trees and homes.

At its peak, an outage map from Duke Energy showed nearly 1,000 outages were reported, mainly in Bolton and Delco. 

According to the NWS, the tornado touched down on the north side of U.S. 74 and snapped over 100 pine trees. The tornado then moved southeast and caused significant damage to a home on U.S. 74 near Delco. Numerous large pine trees were snapped near the residence.

No injuries were reported, but a little boy was inside the home when the tornado hit. He was able to survive by hiding in the only part of the house still standing after the storm passed. 

"The scariest part was when everything was going down, when it was gone," said 12-year-old Elmer Gonzalez.

His family is still in a state of shock after losing their home, and getting assistance from the American Red Cross.

Neighbors also experienced the power of the storm.

"It was the awfulest sound I had ever heard," Ruthleen Freeman said. "It was loud, really loud, sounded like a train."

The National Weather Service survey team found the path to be 5 miles long with a maximum width of 100 yards with the completed survey from Friday morning. Radar indications from the storm showed the debris being lofted almost 8,000 feet into the air. 

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