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Heavy winds, rain, hail take toll on Kershaw County

Posted: April 10, 2011 2:54 p.m.
Updated: April 11, 2011 5:00 a.m.

From Pine Grove to Bethune, Kershaw County was hit hard by wind, rain and hail Saturday night by three separate storms, according to Gene Faulkenberry, Kershaw County disaster preparedness director.

Faulkenberry said Pine Grove, Springvale, the City of Camden and the Charlotte Thompson areas had heavy hail.

“In Bethune, the streets were flooded,” he said.

No tornados have been confirmed as touching down within the county, he said, but one has been reported seen.

Faulkenberry said he would have a better idea of the extent of damage through out the county once reports came in.

“Since this happened on the weekend, it may take us a little longer to get in contact with everyone,” he said.

Chuck Nash, a local State Farm Insurance representative, came home with his family from a spring break beach vacation just as the storm hit Camden.

“We are, honestly, lucky to be alive,” he said.

Nash was standing in the mud room with his two sons just before the tree hit.

“I actually walked out to go search for a flash light because I figured any minute the power would go out.”

He was right. Just after he left the room, the house went dark.

Fortunately, both his sons left the mud room too. Moments later, Nash said he heard his daughters scream and then the crash.

“I'm so thankful no one was hurt,” he said.

The Nash’s deck was designed around the tree that fell, with a bench and lights attached to it.

Nash guesses everything happened between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday night.

“As an insurance agent, I help console families in times like this, and I’m going to take my own advice,” he said.

“A house and a deck can be replaced, but a human life can’t.”

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