Rain, hail, lightning, wind leave damage across area

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, July 1, 2012

APPLING, Ga. -- Storms throughout the day Sunday left a lot of debris across the area. Rain, hail, lightning and wind pounded the two-state area, but some say the wind was the worst part.

Jason Stepp's sons stood in their Appling yard staring at what's left of their father's shop.

"It was screwed to this tractor trailer we use as a storage building," said Stepp as he showed the remaining pieces of metal hanging from the trailer. "You can see the little pieces of metal. Screws stayed and little strips of metal stayed, but the shop's gone."

He and his family were hit hard by the storms blowing his workshop more than 50 feet through the air into their neighbor's yard.

"[There was] enough wind to pick up a 25x25 shop that was welded to stakes three feet in the ground," he said.

He built his shed one year ago, welding it to metal stakes and screwing it to the storage trailer, but none of that metal stopped the wind.

"I'm 30 something years old; I've never seen wind like that," he said. "Not low like that. I mean you see it being in the trees, but I mean this was like ground level coming across."

Storms pounded the area with rain and hail knocking down trees and leaving lots of people without power.

Trees down in the roadways were also a familiar sight.

Hail in Grovetown and trees on power lines were just a few of the pictures sent in by viewers to our newsroom.

"It brings it to a realization just how powerful mother nature and God is," Stepp said.

These were powerful storms that will leave him and his family cleaning up for the next few days.

"It took me 36 years to get a shop to work in, and now I'm back on the dirt and in the sun again," he said.

As of Sunday evening, several homes remained without power.

The latest numbers we've gathered: SCE&G is reporting around 1,000 in the dark in McCormick County and nearly one hundred in Aiken County.

Meanwhile, several hundreds of Jefferson Energy customers were without power. Columbia, Warren and McDuffie counties reported the most homes.

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