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Powerful thunderstorm sets Twitter, well, atwitter

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A major severe thunderstorm rocked parts of the Midlands Wednesday afternoon, knocking over trees and causing power outages across the area. Lucky for us, some of you took to Twitter to tell us how the storm looked in your neck of the woods.

Click here to read our Storify coverage of the storm.

In Shandon, the streets were littered with tree branches, downed power lines, and uprooted trees.

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins says the fire department had more than 80 calls for service in a 3-hour time period. Most of the calls were for flooding, downed power lines, and trees in the road and on homes.

Jenkins says there's more manpower out there tackling the cleanup, but the task now is to make sure people are safe and not trapped by debris.

"We've had alarms going off, we've had power lines down, we've had trees on top of houses, there was a person we did have to go inside the house to get," said Jenkins. "He's been transported by EMS. So what we're asking people is, treat every power line as being live. We do have some that are still live. SCE&G is taking care of those live power lines. But we're asking people if you see any down power lines stay away from them because you don't know whether they're live or whether they're dead."

Jenkins also has more words of advice: Never drive through a flooded roadway because you don't know how deep it is, stay away from storm-damaged areas, help people who may need special assistance like young children or the elderly, and, of course, stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

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