The tornado watch that most of the Midlands area was under Sunday afternoon has been canceled.
However, the violent storms that tore across South Carolina plunged thousands of homes into darkness, toppled trees and left more than a dozen homes damaged in the Columbia area.
A wind gust of 74 mph was detected at Columbia Metropolitan Airport around 2:20 p.m., the National Weather Service said in a tweet. A gauge on Broad River Road near St. Andrews Road registered a gust of nearly 60 mph, according to Richland County weather data.
At one point Sunday, SCE&G reported nearly 50,000 customers without power, and the S.C. Highway Patrol indicated nearly two-dozen Midlands roadways with down trees or power lines.
There have been no reports of injuries related to the storm, so far.
Tornado warnings were issued in Lexington, Fairfield and Lexington counties, and the National Weather Service will send crews to those areas Monday to assess damage and determine if tornadoes touched down.
Lexington County appeared to have taken the worst hit.
At a farm on the 200 block of Semm Sease Road in Gilbert, the metal roofs were peeled off several chicken houses, and five residential structures were damaged, according to Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill. No injuries have been reported.
As many as 10 homes were damaged in the Lexington, Gilbert and Irmo areas Sunday evening, according to Cuthbert Langley, spokesman for the American Red Cross’ Palmetto region. At least eight homes were damaged in Fairfield County.
It was not immediately clear how many people were displaced by the damage, but Langley said the Red Cross is providing financial assistance and a place to stay for the families.
Skies are expected to clear Sunday evening with partly cloudy skies Monday morning, according to Doug Anderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia. Overnight lows will reach the upper 40s, with highs Monday around 64 and wind gusts around 28 mph.
Temperatures will continue to climb through the middle of the week, with highs reaching the 80s by Wednesday, Anderson said.