A funnel cloud formed over North Myrtle Beach during Saturday afternoon’s storms shortly before 4 p.m.
Video of the funnel cloud shot by Jennifer Schiedel’s daughter Nycole Lewis shows the formation north of S.C Highway 31 between the North Myrtle Beach Parks and Sports Complex and Highway 9.
“I’ve never in my life seen anything like that,” said Schiedel, who added she was scared of all the lightning occurring in the area. “I kept thinking we’re all going to die in this car right now.”
National Weather Service forecaster Mark Bacon reviewed the video and after looking at radar, confirmed it was a "legit funnel cloud."
“There was an interaction of two storm cells that included outflow boundaries, boundaries that can quickly be tilted into vertical circulations by a thunderstorm updraft,” Bacon wrote in an email.
Schiedel said it appeared that the funnel cloud hit the ground, but Bacon could not verify that from just the video and radar. He said if the formation didn't hit the ground, he would classify it as a funnel cloud, instead.
“We've no reports of any damage, further making this seem the case," he wrote.