Richland County, SC (WLTX) - Strong winds knocked over several trees leading to road blocks, downed power lines and damage to homes in lower Richland County.

“The first thing I thought was thank God it didn't hit the house,” Gary Hollis said.

Hollis and his wife live on Patricia Drive and woke up to their pecan tree collapsed in their backyard.

“I was sleeping and we heard a thud and the power went out,” Dorothy Hollis explained. “It took out an old wood table and a bench, you know, just really thankful, really thankful.”

Down the street from the Hollis’s a tree is blocking the road on Sunview Drive causing drivers to find another route.

Emace Andrews also lives on Sunview Drive. His neighbors’ trees knocked out powerlines and another is uprooting and in danger of taking out his shed.

“It's been pretty traumatic,” Andrews said.

In Eastover, Leonard Scott spent the day cutting a tree from in front of his brother's house so his family members could get out.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Scott said. “A limb came through and knocked the chair over.”

All these folks are some of the thousands in the dark across South Carolina.

“Well I went a couple places looking for a generator but everybody's out right now,” Gary Hollis explained laughingly.

“No power, no internet, you leave home cause without that there is no home,” Andrews said with a smile. “Actually we've been trying to book a hotel all day, and they say nothing within a 50 mile radius.”

Although it's been inconvenient, they all say it could have been much worse.

“Long as everybody's okay, you can replace a house, but you can't replace a life,” Scott said.

“When you think of others around the country they have much worse disasters so we're truly blessed,” Gary Hollis said. “We had just talked about either cutting the tree back or just cutting it down but God took care of that for us.”