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NWS confirms tornado touched down in Anderson Co.

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National Weather Service authorities survey damage to a home along Busby Road in Anderson County. (June 3, 2013/FOX Carolina) National Weather Service authorities survey damage to a home along Busby Road in Anderson County. (June 3, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Gray skies over Gray Court. (June 2, 2013/FOX Carolina iWitness Ricky L.) Gray skies over Gray Court. (June 2, 2013/FOX Carolina iWitness Ricky L.)
ANDERSON, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

The National Weather Service went to Anderson County Monday morning to survey reports of a tornado touching down on Sunday, which they later confirmed.

The National Weather Service determined that Sunday's storm damage was caused by an EF1 tornado that touched down for about 8 minutes in the Centerville are. An EF1-rated tornado has estimated wind gusts between 86-110 mph. Initial reports from Anderson County Emergency Management said the tornado was an EF0.

A house and a nearby barn were damaged by the tornado. A tornado warning was in effect until 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Flooding was also reported in some areas of the county.

According to the preliminary report from the National Weather Service, the tornado had an estimated maximum wind speeds of 95 mph, with a width of 125 yards and traveled a little more than 4 miles.

The report said the tornado touched down in a pasture near the intersection of Country Meadows Road and Highway 187 east of Lake Hartwell. The tornado caused damage to a farm and damaged metal roofing to a shed in its path.

Additionally, a large bail of hay weighing about 3,000 lbs and its shed were tossed in the air and moved about 100 feet, the report said.

The report said the tornado lifted then touched back down, hitting a Busby Road home. The home's roof and deck were damaged. The tornado even dislodged the home off its foundation, according to the weather service.

Shift Supervisor Jessica Ashley with Anderson County's 911 center said residents reported they saw a tornado on the ground.

Ashley said the fire department responded to the report of house damage on Busby Road. She said the caller reported that they had "lost the roof" on the house, which is located near Lake Hartwell.

As the storm lifted and continued eastward, the report said it touched down near Mar-Mac and Martin roads, hitting trees and damaging a few sheds. Its final touchdown was at Tiffany Drive and Oak Knoll Terrace where a large pine tree snapped off and another was uprooted, both falling a house.

The 911 center also received reports of trees down. Ashley said no injuries were reported.

In addition to the damaged house on Busby Road, a nearby barn received extensive damage.  Homeowners were dealing with flooding in some areas as well.

Strong thunderstorms moved through much of the Upstate on Sunday, with a few becoming severe. The storms brought strong winds, small hail and some power outages. FOX Carolina spoke with one homeowner who said he chose to sandbag near his home to protect it from rising floodwaters.

If you have photos or video of flooding or storm damage, send them to iwitness@foxcarolina.com.

Copyright 2013 FOX Carolina. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed tot his report. 

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