Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Severe storms moved through the Midlands Friday night, bringing high winds and hail.
The storms began entering into the western Midlands around 7 p.m., and by 8 a.m., the system had moved into the central Midlands over Columbia.
The fast moving storms brought heavy rains and wind gusts between 40 and 50 miles an hour. At Columbia's Owens-Hamilton Airport, a wind gust of 60 miles an hour was reported, and just west of Gaston, there was a wind speed of 64 miles observed.
The highest rain total appeared to be along Bluff Road near the Richland County Jail, where 3.2 inches of rain was recorded. Hail was estimated to be between pea and penny size.
There were some spotty reports of downed trees in some neighborhoods. At the peak of the storm, SCE&G was reporting about 8,000 outages in Richland and Lexington Counties.
More showers and storms are in the forecast for Saturday.