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Bonnie brings high winds, tornadoes around SC

(Columbia-AP) Aug. 13, 2004 - Tropical Storm Bonnie brought rain, thunderstorms, wind and even tornadoes to South Carolina on Thursday after she came ashore on the Florida Panhandle. Emergency Management Division Hurricane Guide>>

In South Carolina the storm, later downgraded to a tropical depression, sparked lightning, pelted hail, caused scattered power outages and prompted numerous reports of tornadoes and some street flooding across the state. There were no immediate reports of serious damage.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division confirms a tornado with winds of 100 miles per hour touched down Thursday afternoon in Fairfield County, splintering trees and damaging eight homes east of the town of Ridgeway on Longtown Road near Highway 34 around 12:15pm.

Initial reports indicated a tornado touched down in the Cassatt area in Kershaw County on Thursday. The National Weather Service is now saying it was high winds, but not tornado strength. Still, it was enough to destroy four mobile homes and two houses on Highway 1 outside Camden.

Another tornado was reported in the Teals Mill community of Chesterfield County around 1:45pm. A few barns and storage buildings were destroyed.

A tornado also caused some minor damage to homes in Horry County and there were at least three tornado sightings, but only one touched down. That was near Lake Busbee across from an electrical plant near a wooded area there. It didn't cause any damage.

High winds also battered the Graduation Field on Fort Jackson. Winds tossed bleachers about 50 feet, knocked down the scoreboard and wrapped a tent around a light pole. Base workers hope to have everything cleaned up as soon as possible.

High water washed over a road and bridge in Greenville County.

Bonnie was the first of the two tropical systems. Hurricane Charley was forecast to follow Bonnie north through the state on Saturday.

About 600 South Carolina Electric and Gas customers in the Midlands were left without power.

The National Weather Service says more than a foot of water was standing at an intersection on US Highway 501.

updated 6:11am by BrettWitt

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