A cold front that blasted through the state Thursday afternoon stirred up strong wind gusts and knocked out power to about 1,000 SCE&G customers in the Midlands.
The northern portion of the University of South Carolina campus also was briefly without power.
As the front moved in, the temperature at Columbia Metropolitan Airport dropped from 77.7 at 2:03 p.m. to 64.7 at 2:21 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. That sort of rapid temperature change usually is accompanied by strong winds, and Columbia recorded a gust of 51 mph.
The highest number of power outages were in Richland County, with major outages of more than 200 customers in Forest Acres and Northeast Richland. Aiken and Lexington were the other counties with more than 50 outages at 3 p.m.
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Temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s Thursday night, or a drop of nearly 40 degrees in 12 hours. Fortunately, the precipitation associated with the front is expected to be done before temperatures drop low enough to turn rain into snow, sleet or ice.
At least South Carolina isn’t getting the snow this system is bringing to neighbors to the north and west.