Thousands without power following SC thunderstorms

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Crews are working to restore electricity to more than 20,000 customers in South Carolina, mostly in the Columbia area.

Thunderstorms struck Thursday evening and continued across South Carolina early Friday.

The storms damaged the Governor's Mansion on Thursday night. A sport utility vehicle belonging to Gov. Nikki Haley's husband was crushed when a tree fell.

Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said Friday a porch railing and two flagpoles on the mansion also were damaged.

Godfrey says no one was hurt. Haley planned to tour the coast Friday to discuss hurricane preparations.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. reported more than 11,000 customers without service in Richland County on Friday morning. About 9,000 customers were without service in Lexington County.

Duke Energy reported nearly 100 customers were without electricity in York County.

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