February went out with a blast in South Carolina, with record high temperatures followed immediately by a cold front with severe wind damage.
The National Weather Service has sent crews to Newberry County and Darlington County to investigate possible tornado damage in those areas. The Greenville-Spartanburg office is waiting to hear from county emergency officials in the Upstate to determine where to send its tornado investigators. Many trees were reported down in Newberry, near Silverstreet and Prosperity, and in Darlington, near Floyd, Hartsville and Society Hill, but no injuries were reported on the National Weather Service Web site.
The worst of the severe thunderstorm winds was in the Upstate and Pee Dee, with trees snapped and roofs blown off sheds everywhere from Pickens through Lancaster in a line along the northern part of the state and Saluda through Darlington through the center of the state.
The thunderstorms were related to the rapid change in temperature as the cold front moved into the state. Columbia tied a record high of 84 on Monday, and Charlotte tied a record high of 78.
And heres how severe the change has been: The forecast low for tonight in Columbia is 31.