Thousands left without power, trees downed as storms move through

VIDEO: Severe thunderstorms possible into Thursday evening

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Powerful thunderstorms left thousands of people without power and downed trees as they moved through the Lowcountry Thursday night.

Utility crews worked to get lights back on for the customers who lost electricity during the height of the storms.

As of 10:30 p.m., several utilities that cover the Lowcountry were still reporting thousands without power.

Dominion Energy reported 3,256 customers without power in Charleston County and another 848 without power in Colleton County. The Berkeley Electric Cooperative reported an additional 1,107 outages in Charleston County but less than 10 in Berkeley County.

Editso Electric Coop said 6,727 of its customers in Dorchester County and 4,298 of its customers in Orangeburg County were without power. It reported another 100 in Berkeley County and 43 in Colleton County.

Santee Electric Coop listed 88 Williamsburg County customers and 17 Georgetown County customers as being without electricity.

Coastal Electric Coop said 543 of its Colleton County customers were in the dark.

Meanwhile, the South Carolina Highway Patrol was responding to multiple calls about downed trees in roadways.

At 7:30 p.m., a tree was reported on Highway 61 in Dorchester County near SC 165. A tree was reported down on Dixie Plantation Road in Charleston County at 9:10 p.m.

Most of the other downed trees reported were in Colleton County, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

A severe thunderstorm warning for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Beaufort and Colleton Counties remained in effect until 8:30 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch that had been declared for all 46 South Carolina counties until 10 p.m. has now expired in all but Charleston, Beaufort and Jasper Counties as well as Charleston Harbor and streching 20 nautical miles offshore from the South Santee River to Savannah.

The storms were expected to last through the late evening hours.

“Any storms could produce frequent lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds,” Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh said.

The storms could produce damaging winds and hail. The risk for tornadoes is low but not zero.

“This line of storms will quickly move offshore bringing an end to the severe weather threat by 10 p.m. at the very latest,” Walsh said.

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