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Strong winds blow through county
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Strong winds, with at least one unofficially reported 51 mph gust on Lake Wateree, blew through Kershaw County early Tuesday morning, knocking down trees in some areas, limbs onto power lines and even causing a couple of accidents.

Several hundred city of Camden electric customers were without power for a number of hours, according to Public Works Deputy Director Sam Davis.

“The largest outage was along the Highway 1 North circuit which goes out east Camden all the way out to the Cassatt area,” Davis said. “We tried to energize it several times and finally got it back up around noon with the exception of Haile Street. We got that area back on by 2:30 p.m.”

Davis said two power poles had to be replaced, one on Liberty Hill Road, the other on Desaussure Street.

“We also had limbs on power lines, but no trees that were entirely down,” said Davis.

Gene Faulkenberry, Kershaw County’s emergency preparedness director, said trees and power lines were down throughout other parts of the county.

“There was no one place,” Faulkenberry said.

He said there were several wrecks involving people crashing into downed trees, but nothing serious.

“I know Piney Grove (Fire Department) went out a lot,” said Faulkenberry, “and DOT and county maintenance crews were out a good part of the day cutting and removing trees.”