Thousands Of Turkeys Killed After Confirmed Tornado Hits York County Farm

CLOVER, S.C. — Thousands of turkeys were killed after a massive storm hit a York County farm in South Carolina Monday afternoon.

The National Weather Service confirmed on Wednesday that a low-end EF-1 tornado hit part of York County, South Carolina on Monday.

 

The twister with winds up to 110 miles-per-hour caused major damage to the Biggers Family Farm near Clover. Two turkey barns were destroyed and about 4,000 turkeys died. The tornado stayed on the ground for about a quarter of a mile.

The Biggers family estimates damage at around $400,000.

Statement from NWS GSP survey: “EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED. ONE FARM BARN/OUTBUILDING COMPLETELY DESTROYED, TWO OTHERS NEARLY COLLAPSED. 4000 TURKEYS KILLED. NUMEROUS SNAPPED AND UPROOTED TREES ON EAST SIDE OF FARM.”

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Preliminary survey also shows a confirmed EF0 tornado in Stanly County. NWS out of Raleigh estimates winds near 85 mph touched down near Oakboro Monday afternoon.
Statement from NWS Raleigh: “DAMAGE CONSISTED OF SEVERAL SNAPPED AND UPROOTED TREES, AND A CHICKEN HOUSE THAT WAS COMPLETELY BLOWN DOWN AND BLOWN AWAY.”