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Tornado touches down in Darlington, SC

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Darlington County Emergency Management officials are working Sunday after reports of tornadoes, damage and power outages throughout the county.

Linwood Epps, with Darlington County Emergency Management, confirmed there had been numerous reports of tornado touchdowns in the Lydia area and between Darlington and Lamar.

Epps says a mobile home in the area was overturned, numerous trees had been uprooted and power lines were down throughout the county.

He said the hardest hit area was near Cain Elementary, near South Main and Chestnut. Part of the school's roof, fence and awning were damaged by winds. Other structures in the area also suffered damage.

He also said several roads in the area were blocked by fallen trees, but could not confirm which roads at this time.

Progress Energy reported some 1,700 people in the area without power.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC issued tornado warnings for Northern Florence County, Eastern Darlington County, Southwestern Dillon County and Southern Marlboro County until 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

At 8:12 p.m., NWS Doppler Radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado nine miles west of Oak Grove, about 10 miles east of Darlington.

The tornado moved through Oak Grove and Latta by 8:40 p.m. and into Dillon County around 9:15 p.m.is expected to be near Oak Grove by 8:30 p.m. and near Latta by 8:40 p.m.

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