COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Monday was definitely one scary afternoon in the Midlands as severe storms moved through.
Everything from wind damage to flooding and fires from intense lightning left residents from Irmo to Columbia on edge as Mother Nature brought us her worst.
The worst part of these storms was the intense lightning. Huge bolts boomed through downtown Columbia. The lightning was also to blame for several fires in the area.
On Ripplerock Road, a woman was able to escape her home without injuries after it was struck by lightning.
"We're told she got out alright," said one firefighter. "In fact, she's safely inside her neighbors home. I just knocked on the door. They said she's alright, but she understandably doesn't want to talk to anyone right now."
Damage to the home was estimated to be over $280,000.
The weather also made a mess of Diantha Gladney's home in Frier's Creek off Broad River Road. Firefighters were able to put the blaze out, but the situation still looks bleak for Gladney.
"Everything is gone," said Gladney. "It's really, really bad."
Lightning also hit the steeple on a church in West Columbia. Fire crews rushed to Greenhill Baptist and luckily they got there before the fire spread inside.
Meanwhile, over on Lakeshore Drive, Eric Poje and his roommate got a dose of Mother Nature's power.
"I could tell there was something burning out here," said Poje of the lightning. "You could clearly smell the smoke but you couldn't see it, 'cause the rain was coming down and then we were walking around the back of the house you could see this tree right here looks like it's still about to come down, we were worried about that, next thing you know the whole left side of the house burst into flames."
The chaos was similar on Kilbourne Road, where a tree collapsed on a car the Alencar family was sitting in. The tree crushed the car, but Tom, Anna, John, and Christopher escaped with only a few minor injuries.
"Nobody got hurt," said Tom. "Maybe just little cuts, but we're fine."
Wind seemed to be the most powerful factor of the storms in Irmo, where Police Chief Brian Buck placed blame on microbursts for damage at Sea Ray of Columbia and Southland Log Homes on Broad River Road.
At the height of the storms, SCE&G reported at least 12,000 people without power.
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