The morning after multiple severe thunderstorms left behind damage and flooding and caused thousands of power outages Thursday, more rain fell on the Midlands.
The first line of storms pushed through the Columbia metropolitan area around rush hour Thursday afternoon. Strong winds and heavy rain knocked down trees and power lines and flooded roads in and around Columbia and Forest Acres.
In Lexington County, minor flooding around Lexington and a fire on Creighton Drive were reported. Nobody was hurt.
At the height of the storms, almost 16,000 customers were without power in Richland County. Most of the outages stretched from Columbia north and east.
Flooding caused many road closures at the height of the storm.
In Columbia, several roads were flooded and at least one water rescue was reported.
Columbia firefighters used a ladder to rescue a woman whose vehicle was partly submerged in rising water near Rocky Branch Creek at Whaley and Main Street. No injuries were reported.
On Broad River Rd. at Riverhill Circle, a large tree and power lines fell on top of a vehicle with the driver inside. Columbia firefighters were able to safely remove the driver.
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