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South Carolina: The new tornado alley?

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SOUTH CAROLINA (WBTV) - South Carolina ranks high in the number of tornado outbreaks.

A new report from The Weather Channel says the Palmetto state is number 8 on the list of states that see the most tornadoes.

The list was put together using statistics from 1991-2010. 

Recent tornadoes across the state were not included in the report. 

In November, an EF-2 tornado southwest of Rock Hill killed three people. Officials say the twister in York County reached top speeds of 135 miles per hour, leaving a path two-miles long.  It was the first deadly tornado in the county since 1926.

60-year-old Charles Kenneth Hafner and 62-year-old Barbara G. Hafner were killed in that storm when the 135 mph winds hit southwest of Rock Hill.

The Hafners' mobile home was blown over a hundred yards across the street, killing the couple in the process.

60-year-old Oran Steve Courtney died when rubble from a chimney fell on him, friends said. Courtney was in a house that was largely flattened by the high winds.  Courtney's daughter and her baby were also in the house at the time and they were injured.

The tornado followed a two and a half mile path, about 200 yards wide.  At the time York County emergency management estimated the community suffered about $770,000 dollars in uninsured losses.

While South Carolina sees its fair share of tornadoes in the spring, researchers say tropical systems that threaten the state in the fall help it land a spot in the top 10. 

According to the report, 894 tornadoes touched down in the state from 1950-2010.

Florida tops the list of states with the most tornadoes.  However, researchers stress every state has had a tornado and nobody is immune to the potentially deadly storms.

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