Midlands Wakes Up to Rain, Lightning, Hail

7:41 AM, Apr 28, 2011   |    comments
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(WLTX) - A powerful storm which moved through the Southeast brought severe weather to the Midlands Thursday.

The system started bringing severe weather to the area around 4 a.m.

Radar picked up over 6,000 strikes of lightning from Macon, Georgia to Columbia in just the hour from 4:30-5:30.  

At 9 a.m., there was a report of a tornado in Sumter and in Calhoun County; however, neither of those reports had been confirmed. There were reports of hail throughout much of Lexington County, including in Pelion and Red Bank. The rest of the region has reported heavy rain, high winds, and frequent lightning, and moderate damage including trees down.

Some areas saw power outages, but none were widespread.
 
 
This is the same system which has spawned tornadoes and killed a total 214 people this week. There has not been a day where a tornado did not occur in the U.S. since April 18.

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