The National Weather Service says a tornado did, in fact, touch down in Saluda and Newberry counties on Wednesday afternoon.
They classified the twister as an EF Two with winds of up to 115 miles-per-hour. It ripped across 12 miles and was 250 yards wide.
Trees snapped, power lines fell and damage was done to homes and vehicles along its path through two counties. Authorities are warning residents with damaged property to be aware of a scam that has been played out after tragedies of this sort.
They say con artists come to damaged homes claiming to be surveyors or cleanup crew and steal personal information and possessions. If someone does come to assess the damage, they will likely be in uniform and you should ask for people's credentials before giving any information to them.