Parts of the Midlands were cleaning up Tuesday after two rounds of severe weather Monday brought heavy rains, strong winds and lightning.
“We did have a lot of storm damage,” said Mike Proud, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia.
Meteorologists determined the damage was caused by straight-line winds from a downburst, Proud said. Gusts at Columbia Metropolitan Airport reached 60 mph Monday night, he said.
Much of the damage was in Lexington County, between Batesburg-Leesville and Red Bank, Proud said. There were also reports of damage in Monetta, which is in Aiken County.
Most of the damage reports involved trees that were uprooted, snapped or down on homes, Proud said.
Lexington police reported around midnight that several large trees were down in the roadway of South Lake Drive near Parker Street.
In Columbia, a down tree blocked part of the roadway at Sweetbriar Road and Heathwood Circle in the Shandon neighborhood Monday night. Columbia police also reported several large branches down around town but no damage.
Rainfall from Monday was limited, with much of the Columbia area receiving less than an inch of rain, according to Richland County weather data. The Hopkins and Eastover areas received 0.8 inches of rain, while Pine Ridge in Lexington County saw 0.75 inches.
There is “an outside chance” of showers and thunderstorms for the area again Tuesday afternoon, Proud said.