As watches, warnings expire, Lowcountry surveys storm damage

All Lowcountry counties under tornado watch until 6 p.m.

VIDEO: Damage, power outages reported after powerful Lowcountry storms

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Downed trees, power outages and damage to buildings and homes were reported across the Lowcountry on Friday afternoon as a powerful line of storms made its way through the area.

The Baymont Inn and Suites in Walterboro suffered damage to a portion of its roof in the storms.

Nearby, a business on Sniders Highway appeared to have collapsed from the pounding of strong winds.

Thousands without power

At one point nearly 20,000 people were without power as the storm made its way through South Carolina. That number has drastically decreased to about 3,600 Friday night.

Here’s a breakdown of where the outages are in the Lowcountry:

  • Charleston County: 203
  • Dorchester County: 57
  • Colleton County: 836
  • Orangeburg County: 610
  • Beaufort County: 881
  • Berkeley County: 13

Edisto Electric Cooperative is reporting 240 in Dorchester County, 270 in Orangeburg County.

Santee Electric Cooperative reports 480 outages in Georgetown County and 759 in Williamsburg County.

Coastal Electric Coop says 686 of their customers are without power in Colleton County.

The Live 5 First Alert Weather Team declared Friday as a First Alert Weather Day because of that threat from a strong cold front moving across South Carolina.

Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh said some of the storms could be severe starting from noon through 8 p.m. Walsh said isolated tornadoes were also possible especially late afternoon and early evening.

A risk of strong rip currents remains in effect into Friday evening and a high surf advisory remains in effect through 11 p.m. Very strong rip currents and six-to-eight-foot breaking waves will be dangerous for anyone who enters the surf. Mariners should use extreme caution, especially near inlets, cuts and bays. Swells approaching these areas can lead to large, dangerous breaking waves. Keep a clear distance away from the ocean. Structures such as piers and jetties will be particularly treacherous.

Showers could linger into Saturday, when temperatures are expected to be noticeably cooler.

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We will continue to monitor the progress of this storm and keep you posted.

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