Evening thunderstorms bring down trees, power lines

By: STAFF Email
By: STAFF Email

June 18, 2011

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- A band of strong thunderstorms dumped rain and hail across the area, bringing down several trees on both sides of the river.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for Richmond, Burke, Barnwell and Aiken until 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

People can expect strong winds, frequent lightning and hail, Meteorologist Vicki Graf said.

A thunderstorm watch was in effect for Emanuel, Washington, McDuffie, Lincoln, Johnson, Jefferson, Glascock, Columbia, Bamberg, Saluda, McCormick and Edgefield until 11:00 p.m. Saturday.

Georgia Power is dealing with thousands of outages, just days after many were left in the dark by storms.

As of 11 p.m., the company reported 4,000 customers without power.
Earlier in the evening, 2,800 customers in Augusta, 1,500 in Thomson and at least 500 in Evans were in the dark.

As of 11:30 p.m., Jefferson Energy Cooperative reports 996 outages in McDuffie, Columbia and Richmond counties.

Columbia County EMA director Pam Tucker reports traffic signals are out at Washington Rd. at Gibbs Rd., Washington Rd. at Bobby Jones, and Washington Rd. at Ronald Reagan Drive.

A tree and power line are down in roadway at Cemetary and Newmantown Roads. A tree down in the road along Southern Pines

News 12 also has a report of a tree down on Clairmont Drive in Belvedere.

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