Tornado heavily damages 10 homes in South Carolina

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Tornado heavily damages 10 homes in South Carolina
John Bercik walks around what use to be his recording studio area after what is believed to be a tornado hit his house on Sonny Boy Lane on Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Officials from the National Weather Service planned to walk through the neighborhood on Johns Island about a dozen miles west of Charleston to determine if the damage was from a tornado. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Volunteer Brandon Holst pops up through what use to be John Bercik's recording studio after what is believed to be a tornado hit his house on Sonny Boy Lane on Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Officials from the National Weather Service planned to walk through the neighborhood on Johns Island about a dozen miles west of Charleston to determine if the damage was from a tornado. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Volunteers Brandon Holst, left, and Greg Grochowski, right, help clean up John Bercik's house after what is believed to be a tornado hit his house on Sonny Boy Lane on Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Officials from the National Weather Service planned to walk through the neighborhood on Johns Island about a dozen miles west of Charleston to determine if the damage was from a tornado. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
John Bercik walks over his back porch near his gas grill after what is believed to be a tornado hit his house on Sonny Boy Lane on Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Officials from the National Weather Service planned to walk through the neighborhood on Johns Island about a dozen miles west of Charleston to determine if the damage was from a tornado. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Hilary Benjamin sits in a recliner that belongs to her good friends Julie and John Bercik, after what is believed to be a tornado hit their house on Sonny Boy Lane in Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Officials from the National Weather Service planned to walk through the neighborhood on Johns Island about a dozen miles west of Charleston to determine if the damage was from a tornado. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Hilary Benjamin sits in a recliner that belongs to her good friends Julie and John Bercik, after what is believed to be a tornado hit their house on Sonny Boy Lane in Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. "I've been in this chair so any times, it's just weird to sit in it like this", Benjamin said before helping the Berciks' clean up their house. Officials from the National Weather Service planned to walk through the neighborhood on Johns Island about a dozen miles west of Charleston to determine if the damage was from a tornado. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
John Bercik steps up to what use to be his master bedroom area from his kitchen after what is believed to be a tornado hit his house in Sonny Boy Lane on Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. 'It was terrifying", Bercik said. Officials from the National Weather Service planned to walk through the neighborhood on Johns Island about a dozen miles west of Charleston to determine if the damage was from a tornado. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Volunteers Chase Elsey, left, and Greg Grochowski, right, help clean up John Bercik's house after what is believed to be a tornado hit his house on Sonny Boy Lane on Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Julie Bercik walks through her living room after what is believed to be a tornado hit her house on Sonny Boy Lane on Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
John Bercik walks through his kitchen after what is believed to be a tornado hit his house on Sonny Boy Lane on Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. 'It was terrifying", Bercik said. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
A tea pot rest undisturbed in the kitchen of John Bercik's house after what is believed to be a tornado hit his house on Sonny Boy Lane on Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
A picture frame lies on a dresser in a bedroom in John Bercik's house after what is believed to be a tornado hit his house on Sonny Boy Lane on Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
A power crew with Berkeley Electric Cooperative works to return power to Fickling Hill Road after what appeared to be a tornado passed over snapping trees on Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
A tea pot rest undisturbed in the kitchen of John Bercik's house after what is believed to be a tornado hit his house on Sonny Boy Lane on Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Volunteer Zach Gaither looks through the front door while helping clean up John Bercik's house after what is believed to be a tornado hit his house on Sonny Boy Lane on Johns Island, S.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
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JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A tornado quickly blew through a neighborhood on the South Carolina coast early Friday and blew out windows, knocked down trees and heavily damaged ten homes.

The storm rolled in around 1 a.m. No injuries or deaths were reported.

Most of the damage happened on Sonny Boy Lane, a neighborhood on Johns Island about a dozen miles west of Charleston. In that community, John Bercik awoke to heavy rain and jumped from his bed as "it started to howl like a train."

"When the roar started I was terrified. It was a very intense moment," Bercik said.

By the time he made it out of his bedroom door, the rest of the house was gone — walls blown in, roof missing and the floor spun and moved off the piers the home sat on. He had to find an umbrella to keep the rain off as he searched his living room for his cellphone.

Bercik's house was the most severely damaged. Others had trees on roofs or shingles blown off. Dozens of volunteers were helping cut damaged trees with chain saws.

Meteorologists issued a tornado warning several minutes before the storm, and radar returns indicated a tornado in the area, blowing debris up to 20,000 feet high into the air.

Officials from the National Weather Service ruled the storm a tornado, and said they would release more details on its strength later.

The tornado was the only tornado reported in the U.S. in the past six days. Meteorologists said the biggest threat Friday was flooding from heavy rain and from onshore winds during high tides.

Crews had to help some people out of trapped homes, but no one was hurt, said James Ghi, a battalion chief with the St. John's Fire District.

"Obviously, we're really thankful," Ghi said.

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