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Winds, rain pelt Midlands, but very little damage

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Conditions looked favorable for a tornado during most of the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, but it was mostly wind and rain that hit the Midlands Wednesday evening.

The NWS issued a tornado watch for many counties in the Midlands until 1 a.m., but no tornado touchdowns were ever confirmed.

The squall line of storms ravaged other parts of the Southeast earlier in the week and finally arrived in the Carolinas.

A tornado warning was issued for three Upstate counties just before 4 p.m. The National Weather Service detected a storm capable of producing a tornado 10 miles northeast of Walhalla moving northeast at 60 mph.

Hundreds were without power, according to the SCE&G.

Highs in the Midlands reached record levels in advance of the storms.

The sky will clear out quickly after midnight as the front lifts to the east. High temperatures will  drop to the 50s with lows in the 30s for the rest of the week.

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