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Evening thunderstorm causes minor mayhem

Posted: June 25, 2018 5:17 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2018 1:00 a.m.

A brief but fairly intense thunderstorm blew through Kershaw County around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, leaving a number of residents without power and causing several small woods fires, according to Kershaw County Emergency Management Director Gene Faulkenberry.

There was a report of a possible tornado near Stagecoach and Lovett roads, however, the National Weather Service had not confirmed that as of Monday afternoon, Faulkenberry said.

“We had numerous trees down, some on houses and at least one on a car,” Faulkenberry said. “We also had a couple of spot fires in wooded areas -- we don’t know if they were caused by lightning strikes or downed power lines -- we were busy for awhile.”

Faulkenberry said he didn’t have any final numbers, but his understanding was that at least 150 people and probably more experienced power outages in the county. Some were still without power as of Monday at 7 a.m., he said.
Throughout Sunday evening, crews from several agencies and utilities worked to clear lines and roadways and restore power, he said.

“We had crews from the county, the city of Camden, DOT and the electric companies working around the county throughout the evening,” Faulkenberry said.

No significant damage to homes or structures and no injuries were reported due to the storm, according to city and county officials.

At least one vehicle accident may have been a direct consequence of the storm, noted Camden Fire Chief John Bowers.

“We responded to five or six storm related calls, but fortunately, did not have major issues we had to handle,” Bowers said. “We did have a car that ran into a tree near the Hot Spot in east Camden -- we believe the tree was down in the roadway due to the storm.”

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