Storms knock out power in Midlands

04/19/2013 4:47 PM

04/19/2013 6:17 PM

UPDATE: By 6 p.m., outages were down to 48 in Richland County and zero in Lexington County.

The National Weather Service reported a wind gust of 82 mph at Shaw Air Force Base, and Progress Energy reported about 1,600 customers without power in that area of Sumter County at 6 p.m.

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A line of thunderstorms moving through the Midlands has knocked out power to hundreds of homes and businesses and knocked trees into roads.

As of 4:30, about 650 SCE&G customers in Richland and Lexington counties were without power, according to the company's website.

Law enforcement agencies reported wind damage near Gilbert, Lexington and Blythewood, according to the National Weather Service.

And that was just from the first wave of the system that passed through around 4 p.m. A second wave was nearly the area around 5 p.m., according to weather radar.

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