Tuesday's storms leave sporadic wind damage - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Tuesday's storms leave sporadic wind damage

Oak tree covers VW bug in Columbia (Source: Stewart Moore) Oak tree covers VW bug in Columbia (Source: Stewart Moore)
Oak tree covers VW bug in Columbia (Source: Stewart Moore) Oak tree covers VW bug in Columbia (Source: Stewart Moore)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A strong line of thunderstorms that swept through the Midlands late Tuesday night left some people in need of tree removal companies.

In Columbia, a large oak tree fell on a Volkswagen bug in the 1800 block of Washington Street. There were also reports of cable and power lines down in that area.

James Brown was in his Washington Street home when the storm barreled through the area. "I knew something had happened because I never felt that kind of pressure before," said Brown. 

"I'm happy no one got hurt, what I felt was something I never felt before and I know it was something special," said Brown. "It was like a vacuum went across the building and after that, everything was calm."

Sporadic reports of wind damage stretched from Newberry through Lexington and Northeast Richland County.  The bulk of the damage was limited to small trees and limbs down in roadways.  

The squall line prompted the National Weather Service to issue several severe thunderstorm warnings between 9:00 p.m. and midnight.

According to First Alert meteorologist Ben Tanner, brief wind gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour were reported throughout the area, but sustained winds ranged from 23 miles per hour in downtown Columbia to 39 miles per hour in Camden.

The forecast for next several days looks beautiful with no severe storms likely.

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