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South Carolina Man Killed by Tornado Monday

4 Apr 2017, 5:07 pm

A South Carolina man was killed in an EF-1 tornado on Monday afternoon.

The man, identified as 65-year-old J.C. Matthews Jr., was killed inside his mobile home during a tornado near Whitmire, South Carolina on Monday. The local sheriff said the man’s mobile home flipped multiple times during the tornado. Local authorities reportedly had a difficult time reaching the victim due to downed trees from the storm.

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina surveyed the damage on Tuesday and determined than an EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of about 100 miles-per-hour (MPH) caused the damage and killed the man. The tornado was on the ground for a little over a mile.

At least six people have died from storms between Sunday and Monday, three from tornadoes and three from flooding. At least 23 tornadoes were reported in Georgia and South Carolina on Monday alone, on top of the deadly tornadoes in Louisiana on Sunday.

In all, that makes it 27 tornado-related fatalities so far in 2017, including 18 from mobile homes. For a review of tornado safety inside a mobile home, please read this article.

A significant severe weather threat with tornadoes, strong winds and hail is likely again for Wednesday.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest through severe weather season.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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