Many homes in Lowcountry, state, still without power

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Severe storms rolled through much of South Carolina and into the Lowcountry overnight. Residents got some much-needed rain, but some unwelcome storm damage.

At least 40 homes are still without power in Charleston County and 20 homes are being affected in Dorchester County.

South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. crews are working to restore service. SCE&G reports more than 4,000 customers across the state are without service. Colleton County had the most outages.

More than 46,000 utility customers in upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina are without power as a line of storms moved through, knocking down trees and power lines.

No serious injuries have been reported.

Duke Energy reported almost 40,000 customers without power early Thursday, the majority in Greenville County, where almost 8,600 were in the dark, with almost 10,000 out in Spartanburg County.

The National Weather Service says that hail up to 2 inches in diameter was possible in some areas, along with wind gusts of up to 70 mph and lightning.

In North Carolina, almost 11,000 customers in Jackson County and almost 7,000 in Swain County were without power.

Progress Energy reported nearly 2,000 customers without service, mostly west of Asheville, N.C.

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