Tornado Hits S.C. Town; Destroys Church

BONNEAU, S.C. (AP) — Fire officials say a tornado has collapsed a church with six people inside near the town of Bonneau. There was no immediate word on injuries.

Melinda Wadford with the St. Stephen Fire Department auxiliary said Saturday she did not know whether anyone inside the church was harmed when the building collapsed.

Wadford said the storm caused damage in several different parts of Berkeley County and firefighters were out Saturday evening checking on people.

The tornado was part of a storm system that pummeled the Carolinas on Saturday after two days of deadly tornadoes across the South and Midwest.

Much of the Carolinas were under a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning for much of the day.

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