A severe thunderstorm that moved through the Charlotte metro area early Tuesday morning created widespread power outages, downed trees and power lines and caused damage to homes. Winds in Rock Hill reached 54 mph.
The Clover school district has canceled schools due to power outages.
Trees ended up in roadways and on houses across the county, said York County Emergency Management Director Cotton Howell. The storms mostly affected areas west of Rock Hill.
At 9 a.m. a tree was blocking the road at Park and Ebeneezer avenues in Rock Hill, and crews were on the scene working to remove it. A trampoline was also reported in the power lines on Hull Street in Rock Hill.
Also, the intersection of Oakland and Myrtle avenues in front of Winthrop was closed after the traffic lights were damaged in the storm.
Trees are reported on houses on Ebenezer Avenue in Rock Hill, Lakeview Drive in Fort Mill and on Fourth Street in York.
Fire crews and the S.C. Department of Transportation have been working since around 2:30 a.m. to clear blocked roads from trees and power lines, Howell said.
“This is the time of year this happens,” Howell said.
At one point, Duke Energy officials reported more than 250,000 outages across the region, including many in York County.
In Rock Hill power has been restored to more than 8,000 customers, according to Rock Hill utilities officials by 9:30 a.m. About 500 were still without power.
Lancaster County officials said they fared "pretty well" on storm damage compared to the rest of the area. The most significant storm-related incidents were power outages in the Indian Land area.
A tree on Tin Lane was uprooted and fell on a house in Lancaster County, said Keith Wilson with the Lancaster County Fire Service. No injuries were reported.
In Pineville, power lines were down across I-485 at N.C. 51 and have all lanes of traffic on I-485. Eastbound lanes on N.C. 51 are also impassable, but westbound lanes are open.
The storms have moved east of the Charlotte area, and clearing is expected over the next few hours.
A wind advisory is in effect until noon. Tonight, a frost advisory is in place from midnight until 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The overnight storms were part of the same system that killed at least three people and injured others across the South.
Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Lisa Janak says two people were killed in central Georgia, one when a tree fell onto a home in Butts County. Janak says the other death was in Dodge County. She didn't know the circumstances of the death but said there had been a possible tornado there.
In Memphis, fire officials said an 87-year-old man found dead in his home Monday was electrocuted by a downed power line.
In western Kentucky, seven people working at a plant suffered minor injuries when a possible tornado hit.
- WSOC-TV and the Associated Press contributed