The tornado hit near Myrtle Beach on Friday afternoon. The area was not under a tornado warning.
“People saw it in front of me, they started running off the beach,” said Landon Beard, a lifeguard in the area. “I turn around and it’s on the shore picking up our boxes about a hundred feet out of the air. Everybody including me just ran straight off the beach. It didn’t do too much damage, just damaged our equipment, took some of the chairs from the hotels. Nobody’s hurt, everyone’s ok, but pretty scary.”
The National Weather Service – Wilmington said on Twitter that there was no warning issued because sometimes brief tornadoes can happen between radar scans. Brief tornadoes often happen with tropical remnants.
NewsNation affiliate WBTW contributed to this report.