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Severe weather moves through Midlands

A line of severe weather moved through the Midlands overnight, and high winds continue to blow in the region.

From about 9:40 p.m. to 11 p.m., local and state law enforcement agencies reported downed trees and power lines in a swath of eastern Georgia and South Carolina from Edgefield County to Leesville in Lexington County.

Downed trees plagued Midlands commuters this morning. At 7 a.m., around 111 SCE&G customers were without power in the Belmont community between Fairfield Road and North Main Street south of Interstate 20. Power was out for another 55 customers along Winterwood Road, and isolated outages were reported from Batesburg-Leesville and a north Lake Murray community to Leesburg Road in Richland County.

Progress Energy and Duke Energy reported no significant outages in their South Carolina territories.

Although a tornado watch was in effect in some South Carolina counties until 4 a.m., no tornadoes were reported. However, the National Weather Service issued a lake wind advisory through 7 p.m. today, predicting steady winds of 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph.

The same weather system spawned suspected tornadoes in Mississippi and Louisiana on Monday and led to additional tornado watches in Tennessee on Tuesday.

A tornado may have been responsible for high winds that damaged more than 50 homes on Tuesday in Buford, a suburb of Atlanta.

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