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Tornadoes confirmed in Edgefield County, Aiken County

Two tornadoes were confirmed Tuesday - one in Aiken County near Aiken State Park, the other in Edgefield County.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for east central Edgefield County, western Lexington County, north central Aiken County and southeastern Saluda County until 2:45 p.m.

At 1:15 p.m., radar confirmed a tornado northwest of Mt. Vintage moving toward Edgefield, according to a social media post from the National Weather Service (NWS).

The weather service asked residents west of Edgefield and Highway 23 to take cover around 1:27 p.m.

At 1:55 p.m., "a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Aiken Municipal Airport, or 7 miles north of Aiken, moving north at 30 mph," according to the NWS.

At 2:10 p.m., the National Weather Service confirmed a rotation in Aiken County.

"... A confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was located near Aiken State Park, or 10 miles east of Aiken, moving at 35 mph. Residents near Aiken State Park & New Holland & surrounding area should take cover now," said the NWS.

The Aiken County school district delayed afternoon dismissal until the tornado warnings expired.


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