Spartanburg Co. community picking up pieces after tornado


CHESNEE, S.C. (WSPA) – It’s a major clean-up day in parts of Spartanburg County after a tornado tore through the area Monday night.

“We just heard a lot of banging and then saw the trampoline fly across the house before we shut the door,” Natasha Blackwell, a Chesnee resident, said.

Blackwell was at home with her family when she said the rain suddenly started coming down hard.

“We heard that whistle sound everybody talks about, and we ran to the master bedroom closet,” Blackwell said.

She told us the storm was gone just as quickly as it came.

She said her father-in-law, who was right next door, took shelter just in time.

“He went outside to go see what was going on, and he had to dive underneath the deck because everything started blowing around, and one of the tree limbs actually landed on the deck,” Blackwell explained.

Further down the road, trees were on homes, power lines were down and branches were scattered.

Gaffney Pastor Holden Poole heard about what happened, and headed to Peach Shed Road in Chesnee to help.

“We just knew we wanted to help, so we just showed up today. We’re going house to house, dragging limbs and cutting limbs and doing stuff like that,” Poole told 7NEWS.

The Spartanburg County Emergency Management Division said at least 29 homes in the area were impacted or damaged by the storm.

No injuries have been reported so far. The National Weather Service will release information about the tornado following its investigation.