Tornados confirmed in Johnston and Monetta, possible tornado in Elko
Johnston — WRDW/WAGT confirmed Wednesday afternoon that a tornado hit the City of Johnston earlier that day.
In fact, it was so bad, that Governor Henry McMaster ordered a curfew for the city of Johnston on Wednesday night. It started at 21:00 and ended at 7:00 today.
As WJBF-DT mentions:
Many of those trees crashing into homes and cars, and even taking down power lines, leaving nearly 1,200 people without power.
The storm wreaked havoc on the South Carolina town, leaving many in Johnston homeless for the night.
“I was just talking about that earlier. I cannot remember the last time I saw a storm come through here like this,” said Johnston resident Andrew Barwick. “This is the worst one I’ve seen since I’ve lived here.”
Edgefield County EMS will tour the city today.
Meanwhile, a tornado was also confirmed in Monetta on Wednesday, making it the second tornado to hit the Aiken and Saluda County town this week.
Also: a 35-year-old woman said that a possible tornado hit her home near the Barnwell-Elko Highway in Elko. That is yet to be confirmed, although the storm that prompted a thunderstorm warning for Barnwell County did have some signs of rotation on radar.
The damage and destruction were not limited to the South Carolina side of the Augusta-Aiken area: the thunderstorm complex also damaged homes and knocked down power lines in Grovetown, Ga. and in Statesboro.