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Evening storms flood roads, leave more than 1,000 without power in Midlands

Heavy rains overnight caused flooding in th Midlands. Water flowing over Methodist Park Road in West Columbia caused haardous conditons for morning commute.
Heavy rains overnight caused flooding in th Midlands. Water flowing over Methodist Park Road in West Columbia caused haardous conditons for morning commute. tdominick@thestate.com

Another round of storms Wednesday evening caused flooding in low-lying areas throughout the Midlands as well as leaving many residents in Richland and Lexington counties without power.

A flash-flood warning was issued at 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning, which lasted until 5:15 a.m.Many roads throughout Lexington and Richland counties were flooded Thursday morning but many others were beginning to clear. However, hazardous debris picked up in the flooding remains on the roadway, and motorists in the commuting in the area are urged to use caution. A large amount of mud has accumulated underneath the overpass at Rosewood Drive just before South Assembly Street. Motorists in the area should be cautious while traveling in the area.

Rain total data collected at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport suggested that 2.17 inches of rain fell and nearly 5 inches of rain was recorded at the at the U.S. Geological Survey building located at Gervais and Harden streets. Many areas in Lexington County, however, received upwards of 5 inches of rain from the storms.

Wednesday evening’s storms also left 556 power outages in Lexington County and 1,255 power outages in Richland County. SCE&G workers have been deployed to fix power lines damaged by branches and lightning during the storms.

According to the National Weather Service there is an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms Thursday afternoon, mainly before 1 p.m., that are predicted to bring as much as a quarter inch of rain to the area. There is a 30 percent chance of some additional rain before 10 p.m.

There is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Friday afternoon, which decreases in the evening, according to the weather service.

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