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Weather event flips truck damages power lines and irrigator near Swansea

Swansea, SC (Paul Kirby) – A weather event that had high winds and heavy rain crossed Southbound Road near the Sandhills schools close to Swansea Friday evening flipping a truck, a pivot agricultural irrigation system, tearing down powerlines, and snapping poles before quickly moving. The carnage of the weather had traffic moving to a crawl as the fire service and other first responders dealt with the wreckage.

The county was under a severe thunderstorm warning at the time and some other areas did receive high winds and heavy rains, but none did the type of very localized heavy damage that was seen near Swansea. That wind event seemed to effect about a half mile area right on top of the Hwy. 321 south corridor south of the old South Wire plant.

SCE&G had to rebuild a part of their transmission system in the area installing a number of new poles and stretching new wire and still had a few supervisors in the area working after day break Saturday. Farmers were also up early Saturday working to decide how to best right the large section of irrigation system that was laying on its side. The National Weather Service in Columbia will need to classify the storm as a tornado, if that’s what it was, by studying their radar images and damage. We have not seen any indication that they are calling it a tornado.

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