Governor's mansion damaged during overnight storms

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Gov. Nikki Haley and her family are waking up from a long night Friday morning.

Severe thunderstorms that rolled through the midlands overnight damaged the governor's mansion and destroyed the first gentleman's car.

"We had just finished dinner, we had gone upstairs, and we were enjoying a few minutes with the kids and we heard a loud crash," Michael Haley said. "The lights were flickering for probably the better part of 10 minutes."

Crews are already cleaning up the damage, but it will take a while to get things back in order. There was no damage to the inside of the home.

Haley says last night's storm damage is a perfect example of how Mother Nature can strike at any time, especially during hurricane season.

Haley is touring the South Carolina coast Friday to talk about being prepared for hurricanes.

Haley has news conferences in Beaufort, North Charleston and Conway to discuss preparations for the 2011 hurricane season.

Forecasters are expecting an active year in the Atlantic during the hurricane season that started on Wednesday.

Haley is touring with Highway Patrol Commander Col. Kenny Lancaster and officials from the Department of Transportation and the state Emergency Management Division.

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