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Overnight storms cause damage, power outage

Published: Jul. 8, 2016 at 9:26 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2016 at 2:45 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Some people in the Midlands are cleaning up Friday morning from damage left behind by overnight storms.

High winds blew down several trees including one on Lincoln Street in Columbia's Elmwood neighborhood that damaged two homes. It's at the corner of Lincoln and Abbeville Streets near Roy Lynch Park.

The tree damaged both homes and crushed a couple of cars. The homeowners said no one was injured, even though it looks like someone could have been hurt if the tree had fallen in a different direction.

Both Columbia Police and Columbia Fire responded. One of the officers said he contacted city crews to remove the tree.

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WIS has reports from the South Carolina Highway Patrol of several other trees down in the area:

  • In Clarendon County, I-95 and 129 Southbound
  • In Kershaw County, SC 261 and Red Bank Rd
  • Several in Lee County: Liberty Hill Rd, Kelly Town Road and I-20 westbound at 112 mile marker
  • In Sumter, Spring Hill Road and New Hope Church Road

The storms also knocked out power to hundreds of people last night. Most power has been restored to SCE&G customers affected in Richland, Lexington and Kershaw Counties with only a few dozen customers still in the dark.

The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina report nearly 600 customers are without power in Kershaw County.

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