Tornado reported, not confirmed, in Laurel Bay

emoody@beaufortgazette.comDecember 17, 2012 

A tornado touched down and damaged a home Monday in the Laurel Bay military housing community in northern Beaufort, the community's management agency reported on Facebook.

Meteorologist Pete Mohlin with the National Weather Service in Charleston said neither his agency nor the Beaufort County Emergency Management Agency had any reported nor confirmed tornadoes in the area Monday night.

Strong winds with some damage were reported, he said. Any tornado damage would need to be confirmed by a site visit by a certified inspector.

Capt. Jordan Cochran, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort spokesman, said that at about 4:30 p.m. a home in Laurel Bay was reported damaged by a falling tree. The public works department temporarily repaired the damaged roof, and the family chose to remain in the home Monday night.

Cochran said he had heard reports of a tornado, but did not have any confirmed sightings of a funnel.

A tornado watch and thunderstorm warning were issued for the region, including Beaufort County, from late afternoon to 9 p.m., according to the weather service.

SCE&G reported 229 households in Beaufort County without power as of 9:30 p.m. Palmetto Electric Cooperative had no outages in Beaufort at that time.

Atlantic Marine Corps Communities at Tricommand, which manages Laurel Bay and reported the tornado, could not be reached Monday night for comment.

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