Easter Monday tornados kill at least seven in the CSRA
Hampton — At least seven people are dead in the Central Savannah River Area after violent storms shredded the area early Easter Monday.
Five people, including three in the same family, perished in Hampton County.
Up US 321 in the Orangeburg County town of Livingston, two more people were killed by a destructive tornado that annihilated a double wide mobile home. Seven were injured.
The victims in the Hampton County tornado were identified as Donna Breland, 56, Jim Breland, 59, and Kayla Breland, 26, all of Nixville; Alberto Hernandez, 41, and Rene Rodriquez, 25, both of Estill, per the Hampton County Coroner’s Office and WTOC-TV.
The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg identified a married Neeses couple as the deceased people in the Livingston tornado. Doris Hoover Chavis, 69, and Gerald Lee Chavis, 64, both of 957 Preserver Road, were killed in the EF-3 tornado, according to the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office. The couple died of blunt force trauma.
Meanwhile, EF-2 and EF-3 tornados also shredded Aiken, Bamberg and Barnwell counties, leaving more than 7,000 in the dark in those three counties at one point. Some residents in Williston, another hard hit town, still do not have power.
Update @ 23:33: The identities of the seven victims have been released.