A Tornado is a “violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground” (NOAA). Tornadoes can be extremely violent storms that can have relatively low wind speeds (less than 73 mph) to very high winds in excess of 300 miles per hour. In the South, tornadoes touch down most frequently from the month of March through May (NOAA).
Since 1950, there have been numerous tornadoes in South Carolina. The State averages approximately eleven tornadoes a year, which ranks twenty-sixth in the nation for tornado strikes.
Overall, Oconee County has a medium level vulnerability to tornadoes. The probability of one or more tornadoes touching down in Oconee County is 44% for any given year. While there have not been a huge number of tornadoes, it is clear from examining past events that they do have to potential to do significant damage within the County.
For more information on Tornados, visit this FEMA site.
For FAQ’s of Tornadoes, visit this NOAA site.