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Storm causes tree damage, outages

Posted: February 24, 2012 - 9:49am  |  Updated: February 25, 2012 - 9:17am
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A highway sign on Interstate 20 blown over by a Friday storm.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
A highway sign on Interstate 20 blown over by a Friday storm.

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A Friday storm which knocked over numerous trees, produced hail and created power outages throughout Columbia County, doesn't appear to have caused long-term effects.

"I'm not aware of prolonged outages," said Columbia County Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker Saturday morning. "I don't think we got hit as hard as Richmond County and Aiken County did."

For much of Friday, the county was under a tornado watch. The watch was expected to be in effect until 4 p.m., but ended an hour early.

During the Friday storm, a car wrecked after hydroplaning and was partially submerged.

The vehicle landed in a ditch off Interstate 20 near Belair Road, where it was engulfed by water, according to an email from Tucker.

No one was injured in the crash.

Pea-sized hail was seen falling in Harlem and Grovetown this afternoon during the torrential downpour.

There also were reports on a police scanner of trees on power lines and at least one vehicle in Grovetown.

Trees falling on power lines created outages on Wrightsboro Road between Swint and Joy roads, and on Bluegrass Trial.

Tucker reported that trees were downed on Gordon Highway near Jimmy Dyess Parkway, Wrightsboro Road near Chamblin Road, Old Mill Road, Railroad Avenue, Forest Court, County Line Road, Braddock Street, Newmantown Road and Oregon Trail.

The events prompted the National Weather Service to issue a severe thunderstorm warning for the county.

 

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