PHOTOS: Strong and severe storms leave damaged homes, fallen trees in Midlands

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Strong and severe storms rolled through the Midlands, leaving behind heavy damage in areas like Irmo and other locations in Lexington, Fairfield, and Richland counties.

The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Lexington County late Sunday and NWS teams will be deployed to other areas in the Midlands to assess the damage.

Viewers in the area dealt with power outages due to weather damage. You can check current outage conditions for SCE&G customers on their online outage map. If you're not an SCE&G customer, please refer to your customer service number you were given by your electric provider.

Residents from all over the Midlands have reported storm damage. The National Weather Service reported wind speeds reaching 74 mph at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport early Sunday afternoon. Those winds have caused many trees to fall down on roadways and even on some homes across the Midlands.

Law enforcement agencies turned to social media during the storms to update the public on storm-related traffic incidents such as traffic lights not working properly and downed trees along roadways.

A tornado watch was issued for much of the Midlands through 7 p.m. with a Tornado Warning being issued for a short time period in Lexington and Fairfield counties.

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