A gust of 55 miles an hour was reported by the National Weather Service in Columbia.

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Wednesday night's high winds led to several thousand power outages in the Midlands.

At its peak, SCE&G had almost 8,000 homes and business without electricity. By 10 p.m., however, that number had dropped to roughly 3,000.

The winds were caused by a rapidly moving cold front passing through the region. The National Weather Service office at the Columbia Metro Airport reported a wind gust of 55 miles an hour, while Sumter saw a gust of 49 miles an hour.

News19 Chief Meteorologist Jim Gandy says the front has now moved out of the area and winds have diminished.

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