COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A line of severe weather brought hail, heavy rains, and gusty winds to the Midlands on Friday afternoon.
Currently, the Midlands remains under a severe thunderstorm warning until 10 p.m. Several warnings were issued during the afternoon as a result of the storms.
The wind gusts knocked out power to thousands of power customers across the Midlands.
On Sims Avenue in Shandon, a large oak tree fell onto a house. The homeowners were not inside at the time. A couple dogs were in the home, but they've since been rescued. The home has heavy damage on the outside, but it's even worse on the inside. Multiple tree limbs have punctured the roof.
The homeowners, by the way, say they're upset with the City of Columbia. Councilman Howard Duvall said the tree that fell is a city tree. He says many of the trees in this area are beyond their maturity and are prone to fall. That's certainly what happened today.
Meanwhile, a family is left with a lot to clean up. They learned the painful news just a short while ago.
"Well, I was at work. My wife called me and said that her brother who's a landscaper in Columbia had driven past the house and said that there was a limb on the house," homeowner Tim Carrier said. "I got a call from my neighbor shortly after that saying the tree had fallen on the house, basically, crushing the structure."
We've reached out to the city for a statement, but haven't heard back just yet.