A strong storm Saturday produced heavy rain, pea-sized hail and scattered power outages around York County, but officials said the area escaped any significant damage.
The storm dumped as much as 2 inches of rain in parts of the area late Saturday afternoon and led to tornado watches in York and Chester counties, while Lancaster County spent time under a tornado warning. High winds from the storm knocked over several trees and also caused two railroad crossing arms in downtown Rock Hill to twist and break.
"There were no real serious problems, no injuries or significant damages to homes that was reported to 911," said Cotton Howell, director of the York County Emergency Operation Center.
But the storm did leave some residents without power.
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About 40 electric customers in the area of Catawba Church Road and South Anderson Road experienced power outages, said Nick Stegall, public services administrator for the city of Rock Hill. Around 5:30 p.m., 22 York customers as well as two people who live south of Rock Hill were without power, said Richard Jiran, Duke Power business relations manager.
A York Electric Co-op representative could not be reached for comment.
The S.C. Highway Patrol reported downed trees along Decatur Drive and Neely Store Road in York County. Another downed tree was reported on Oakland Avenue.
Despite the strong winds and the tornado-friendly conditions, no tornados were spotted in York, Chester or Lancaster counties, said Neil Dixon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Greenville.
"Penny-size hail fell around 4 p.m. in the Great Falls area," Dixon said. "York County had multiple reports of anywhere from pea to half-inch (hail) to isolated reports of three-quarter-sized hail."
More than an inch of rain in area
The storm also brought localized flooding. The Highway Patrol's Web site noted flooding closed a portion of S.C. 161 near the Rock Hill/York County Airport and part of S.C. 5 near New Zion Road.
"There's a large area across York, Chester and Lancaster counties that had rainfall from one to two inches," Dixon said.
More than an inch of rain fell Saturday in Rock Hill, where wind speed peaked at 29 mph, Dixon said. However, York County residents can expect to put away their umbrellas today, he said.
"It's going to be sunny with a high near 65 degrees," he said.