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Reported tornado leaves damage, some injuries

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) -- A reported tornado swept through this seaside resort Friday afternoon along with heavy thunderstorms, leaving some minor injuries, downed trees, fallen power lines and property damage, city officials said.

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The National Weather Service said a tornado was reported in the city. Myrtle Beach Police officers scattered across the city to conduct damage assessment.

Police spokesman Lt. David Knipes said there was no warning before the tornado struck around 4:30 p.m. and no weather bulletin was issued.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, reported the local radar in Myrtle Beach was out of commission after being struck by lightning around 3 p.m.

"The radar may not have seen it even if it had been functional," said Weather Service spokesman Robert Digiorgi. "The storm was so weak, the radar may not have spotted the rotation."

The Weather Service had issued a marine warning about possible water spouts, a tornado which occurs over water.

"This may well have been a water spout before it hit land," Digiorgi said.

He said the Weather Service did issue a tornado warning bulletin at 4:33 p.m. shortly after a tornado was spotted at the airport at 4:21 p.m.

City spokesman Mark Kruea told CNN there were reports of a few people with slight injuries, but no one was seriously hurt.

"At least two hotels had damage, there are some power lines and trees down, and the city crews are out now to begin cleaning up," Kruea said.

He said the reported tornado was accompanied by hail and frequent lightning.

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