Possible tornadoes reported in the Carolinas Monday afternoon

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Damage from the possible tornado touchdown in Loris, Jan. 13, 2020. (Photo: Jordie Brotherton/WPDE)

CAROLINAS (WWAY/WPDE) — Severe weather caused damage to two schools in the Carolinas Monday afternoon — one in Clinton and another in Loris, SC.

A line of strong storms moved through Sampson County around 1:50 p.m., possibly producing a tornado.

Around 2:45 p.m., Sampson County posted on Facebook that emergency officials have responded to a partial roof collapse at the Union Intermediate School at 1190 Edmond Matthis Road in Clinton.

“The partial collapse occurred over the stage area of the gymnasium,” the county wrote online. “Three students were transported to Sampson Regional Medical Center, with reported minor injuries. The cause of the collapse is undetermined at this time. School officials will provide further details regarding release of students.”

In Loris, first responders are surveying damage left behind after a possible tornado Monday afternoon.

Jerry Hardee, Fire Chief for Loris Volunteer Fire Dept., says it appears a tornado touched down in the parking lot of Loris High School.

Hardee says he hasn’t received any reports of injuries, but he says there are some reports of damage, including several overturned vehicles. Scanner traffic indicated the same.