CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Cleanup continued Friday morning after a night of downed trees and power outages caused by severe weather.
Early Friday morning, St. Andrews Fire crews responded to a home in West Ashley on the corner of Opal and Wappoo roads after a tree fell onto a house. A neighbor said the tree mostly fell onto the driveway but did damage the roof. Firefighters said no one was inside the home at the time the tree fell.
SCE&G was reporting about 700 outages at 6 a.m., down from more than 1,200 outages at 4 a.m. The most outages, 674, were reported in Dorchester County. A total of approximately 60 outages were reported across Colleton and Charleston Counties, and most were expected to be resolved by 8:30 a.m., the utility said.
Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh said strong storms moved through the metro area with heavy rainfall, hail, gusty winds, and dangerous lightning with wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph. There were reports of trees down in Colleton County.
Viewers from Summerville, North Charleston, Ladson, and Goose Creek captured pictures and videos of storm clouds and lighting in the area.
John Myers also captured a picture of a tree that fell on a house on Daniel Island.
"Lightning had just died down, and I saw my neighbor's door open," Myers said."I yelled to them to make sure they were okay."
Myers' neighbors were okay, but said their home had been struck by a falling legend oak tree that caused roof damage. Myers said the tree was very old and in poor health.
"[Our neighbor] was going to look at having it removed but the storm took care of that for them!" Myers said.
Colleton County Fire and Rescue Chief Barry McRoy said it happened on South Jefferies Boulevard near Hendersonville Highway. Walterboro Police were blocking off a road so that SCDOT and SCE&G crews could clear a tree blocking all four lanes of the South Jefferies Boulevard and remove knocked power lines.
McRoy said the driver of the pickup truck drove around the crews and slammed into the tree at a high rate of speed. It took about an hour for crews to rescue the man from the truck. EMS took the driver to MUSC where he was listed in critical condition.