Storms Bring Down Big Trees, Flood Streets

12:52 AM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A band of severe thunderstorms passed through the Midlands Wednesday, bringing high winds and heavy rains that caused damage throughout the area.

The most serious damage appears to have been in the Shandon neighborhood in Columbia. News19 viewers and staff reported seeing multiple trees down in that area. Several trees fell on home, and other structures, and another damaged a vehicle. Several streets were blocked when large limbs fell in the roadway.

Trees were also down and streets were flooded in other parts of the area, including Sumter. Quarter-sized hail was reported in eastern Lexington County.

Heavy rains flooded the Rocky Branch Creek near USC's campus on Whaley Street.

News19 Chief Meteorologist Jim Gandy says between two and five inches of rain fell throughout the area, with the heaviest rain in Sumter and Lugoff.

Power outages were a problem as well. At the peak of outages, approximately 5,000 homes and businesses lost electricity due to the storms.

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