MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) — Strong, rapidly developing thunderstorms left , at one time, thousands of people without power in the Lowcountry.
The storms began developing around 1:30 p.m. Friday, bringing wind gusts of up to 60 mph, hail and frequent lightning.
As of 7:30 p.m., South Carolina Electric & Gas had about 3,000+ power outages reported in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester and Orangeburg Counties. Duke Energy’s outage map reported about 900+ customers without power in Williamsburg County and 300+ customers in Georgetown County experienced power outages. By 2:13 a.m. Saturday, SCE&G outages were near 960 while Duke Energy’s nearly 180 outages were concentrated in the Andrews area.
Police in several different areas, as well as the South Carolina Highway Patrol, reported traffic lights being out. Fires were also reported in Georgetown County.
According to Alex Edwards with the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office, about 300 miles of the county were affected by the storms. There was also a possible entrapment inside of a home on Mary Road in Salters. No word at this time on whether anyone was trapped at the location.
The National Weather Service said the storms moved south and east toward the coast and issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, which has since expired, for the southern half of South Carolina.
SCE&G is asking you to call 888-333-4465 if you see any downed power lines.