Thunderstorms brought some much-needed rain to the Lowcountry early Thursday morning but also caused some problems for a couple of families.
A Wadmalaw Island family and a West Ashley family are without homes after their houses were struck by large trees. The first incident happened around midnight in the 6,000 block of Maybank Highway, when the storm knocked a large tree through their living room.
A mother and her daughter, who was studying in the living room, were home at the time. The daughter said the tree just missed her.
A little later, an even larger tree came down on top of a trailer on Manigault Drive in West Ashley. No one in the family of five that was living inside the house was hurt, but the house was destroyed. That tree crashed through the living room, kitchen, and a bedroom.
The family is staying with neighbors.
South Carolina Highway Patrol has responded to several reports of fallen trees obstructing roadways in Colleton and Dorchester Counties.
There was also damage reported in Whitmire in Newberry County, where trees falling across streets and a few utility poles also came down.
As for power outages, at least 500 are still without power in Charleston County. About 100 homes are being affected in Dorchester County, and 1,000 Colleton County homes are also without power.
SCE&G crews are working to restore service.
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