It seemed to come up quick — out of nowhere — but a powerful storm downed trees and did damage thoughtout the county Tuesday night.
As the storm rolled in, many could see the black, dark clouds looming from the Ninety Six area across Chappells, Silverstreet and Bush River headed toward Newberry.
In fact the storm was so bad Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said at one time every fire department in the county was dispatched to calls.
The calls ranged from grass and powerline related fires to trees in the road and on houses.
Homes across the county recieved damage due to winds and falling trees and limbs.
On S.C. Highway 76 near Mid-Carolina High School a barn had extensive damage.
Cars on Broad River Road in the Pomaria section of the county and Island Ford Road in the Silverstreet area collided with trees.
Power crews were out throughout the night working to restore power.
The city of Newberry was hard hit with Wilson Road and a large portion of downtown being powerless.
Smith Road was closed for a while as crews cleaned up downed trees and powerlines.
Newberry police put up temporary stop signs while the power was out and then road through every street in the city to check for downed trees and lines and damage.
In Prosperity, a downed line and pole blocked S.C. Highway 76 for several hours near Wightman United Methodist Church and a tree down on a line on McNeary Street.
During the storm, 3,000 Newberry Electric customers were without power and at press time several hundred were still without power.
Newberry Electric crews worked throughtout the night and crews from other areas have been called in to help restore electricity to the county.
As residents and crews continue the clean up, more severe storms are predicted for today. Check with www.newberryobserver.com for updates. Also, you can find additional photos of storm damage at our Web site and if you have good storm pictures please submit them to us via the Web, our Facebook page or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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