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2 twisters confirmed near Myrtle Beach

The National Weather Service says the thunderstorms that hit the Myrtle Beach area Saturday afternoon produced a pair of tornadoes, although the twisters were weak and did minimal damage.

The tornadoes struck in the Socastee area, a few miles inland from the beach in Horry County. No injuries were reported.

The Weather Service’s office in Wilmington investigated the scene Sunday and said each tornado was an EF0, the weakest twister classification on the Enhanced Fujita scale of rating twister strength. Each had top sustained winds of about 60 mph, meteorologists said.

The first tornado hit about 4:15 p.m. and was on the ground for about 175 yards, touching down in the Cameron Village subdivision. That is off Bay Road, between S.C. 707 and Enterprise Road. The storm damaged six homes, mostly affecting shingles and siding.

About 10 minutes later, another tornado struck near the intersection of S.C. 31 and S.C. 544, near a retention pond off Breezewood Boulevard. That storm was on the ground about 125 yards. It caused shingle and siding damage to four homes, according to investigators.

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