2001 Myrtle Beach tornadoes

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2001 Myrtle Beach Tornadoes
F2 tornado
2001 Myrtle Beach Tornadoes.jpg
Taken from in front of the Myrtle Square mall near 25th Avenue North. Picture courtesy © Michael Smith/Myrtle Beach Herald.
Type Tornado
Formed July 6, 2001
Max rating1 F2 tornado
Damage $8 million
Areas affected Horry County, South Carolina; mostly the city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

The Myrtle Beach tornadoes were F1 and F2 tornadoes which touched down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Friday, July 6, 2001. At 4:05 PM EDT, the first tornado touched down. It crossed U.S. Route 17 in North Myrtle Beach while reaching a maximum width of 100 yards. It was estimated to be an F1 in strength, and was on the ground for 0.1 miles. The other tornado affected Myrtle Beach and four damage paths were found. The longest path, which could have been the parent tornado, spanned for 2 miles from 4:15 to 4:25 PM EDT and was estimated to have F2 strength.[1] The tornado moved slowly southward along the beach, alternately moving on and offshore several times, and caused significant damage, including blown-out windows, tipped-over buses, and damaged roofs and utility poles. Thirty-nine people received minor injuries from this second tornado, which was rated F2. No serious injuries or fatalities were associated with this storm event.

Near southern Myrtle Beach, evidence was found for three other damage paths that were estimated to have F0 and F1 strength. These tornadoes caused roof and tree damage.[1]


The storm that produced these tornadoes occurred during the Fourth of July weekend as an estimated amount of 400,000 vacationers were at Myrtle Beach. Damage from the tornadoes is estimated to be up to $8,000,000 - with an estimated of $1,000,000 of damages associated with vehicles. 4,000 residents were without power during the worst parts of the storm. [2]

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  1. ^ a b Service, US Department of Commerce, NOAA, National Weather. "Myrtle Beach Tornadoes: July 6, 2001 -- Track Analysis". www.weather.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  2. ^ Service, US Department of Commerce, NOAA, National Weather. "Myrtle Beach Tornadoes: July 6, 2001". www.weather.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-03.