Coolumbia, SC (WLTX) - Tropical Storm Hermine brought heavy rains and high winds to South Carolina, leaving some damage and some isolated flooding.
The storm left the state mid-Friday evening, about 12 hours after it began moving into the Palmetto State. The storm packed sustained winds of 50 to 60 miles an hour, most of which were felt along the coast..
In the Midlands, Hermine's primary impact was, as expected, as a rainmaker. Across the Midlands, communities saw as little as 2.5 inches and as much as 9 inches, which was in line with forecast models.
In Sumter, they received seven inches of rain. We found one neighborhood where the water went almost a third of the way up mailboxes. Ponding could also be found in Orangeburg and in Columbia, where the Gills Creek reached flood stage, but was far below the historic levels it hit last year.
At the Comedy House Theater on Decker Boulevard in Columbia, the heavy rains caused roof damage, forcing the venue to cancel its scheduled event for Friday.
While the winds weren't as high in the Lowcountry, the gusts were enough to send trees toppling down onto homes and cars. The winds also snapped powerlines. At the height of the storm, about 25,000 homes and businesses in the Midlands lost power, but by 11 p.m. Friday, that number had fallen 19,000, and was continuing to go down. Statewide, about 51,000 people lost power in total.
The strongest wind gust in our region was reported over at Shaw Air Force Base, where a burst of 54 miles an hour was recorded.
Hermine first came ashore as a Category 1 hurricane along the Big Bend of Florida before pushing through South Georgia on its way to our state.
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