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Local Storm Report

04/20/2015 0233 PM

5 miles ENE of travelers re, Greenville County.

Hail m2.00 inch, reported by cocorahs.

04/20/2015 0318 PM

Paris Mountain sta, Greenville County.

Hail e1.00 inch, reported by public.

1 inch hail reported.

04/20/2015 0335 PM

Taylors, Greenville County.

Hail e0.50 inch, reported by trained spotter.

04/20/2015 0337 PM

Greer, Greenville County.

Hail e1.00 inch, reported by public.

1 inch hail reported.

04/20/2015 0400 PM

Berea, Greenville County.

Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by County official.

Awning blown off a carport

04/20/2015 0242 PM

Greenville, Greenville County.

Hail e0.50 inch, reported by trained spotter.

At bob Jones University

04/20/2015 0255 PM

Taylors, Greenville County.

Hail e1.75 inch, reported by trained spotter.

04/20/2015 0200 PM

Travelers Rest, Greenville County.

Hail e1.00 inch, reported by trained spotter.

04/20/2015 0158 PM

6 miles SSE of Tigerville, Greenville County.

Hail e0.88 inch, reported by trained spotter.

Nickel hail near Lake Robinson dam.

04/20/2015 0125 PM

3 miles NW of Greer, Greenville County.

Hail e1.25 inch, reported by public.

Up to half dollar sized hail reported off Hwy 290n.

04/20/2015 0126 PM

Taylors, Greenville County.

Hail e0.50 inch, reported by public.

Half inch hail in Taylors

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 2:35 PM EDT on April 21, 2015

...Macroburst /straight line wind damage/ confirmed near 4 SW Sandy Springs in Anderson County South Carolina...

Location...4 SW Sandy Springs in Anderson County South Carolina date...April 20 2015 estimated time...350 PM EDT estimated maximum wind speed...85 mph maximum path width...200 yards path length...2 miles beginning lat/Lon...34.56n / 82.82w ending lat/Lon...34.57n / 82.79w * fatalities...0 * injuries...0

* the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in NWS storm data.

...Summary... the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg SC has confirmed a macroburst /straight line wind damage/ near 4 SW Sandy Springs in Anderson County South Carolina on April 20 2015. The area surveyed was an approximate 2 mile segment that was part of a larger area of non-continuous wind damage that began in the Fair Play area of southern Oconee County.

Intermittent wind damage...primarily confined to snapped limbs... small-to-medium sized uprooted trees...and a few large trees uprooted...was observed between lake Hartwell and Highway 187... about 1 mile north of I-85. Areas affected in this area included the Teakwood Plantation Subdivision and shadow Lane. A couple of homes received minor roof damage in this area due to falling limbs or trees. Sporadic damage to trees continued east/northeast...across Highway 187...to Pine needle Circle and Hix Dr...where the most significant damage was observed. A small house near the intersection of Hix Rd and Pine needle Road had much of the roof lifted and thrown...with debris spread into a field as far as 100 yards. Sporadic damage...mainly in the form of downed limbs... small snapped and uprooted Hardwood trees...and larger uprooted softwoods continued northeast across Highway 71.

Most of the debris was blown parallel to the path of the storm... east/northeast...with other debris blown toward the northeast. Some debris was blown toward the southeast. This damage pattern was generally indicative of a divergent damage pattern... indicating that a downburst was most likely responsible for the damage. Based upon the degree of damage...peak wind speeds likely reached 85 mph along Hix Rd...and on the Eastern Shore of lake Hartwell.

This information can also be found on our website at weather.Gov/gsp.

For reference... a macroburst is a convective downdraft with an affected outflow area of at least 2 1/2 miles wide and peak winds lasting between 5 and 20 minutes. Intense macrobursts may cause tornado-force damage of up to EF3 intensity. Straight-line winds are generally any wind that is not associated with rotation...used mainly to differentiate them from tornadic winds.