Local law enforcement and public works crews responded all over Aiken County on Thursday evening after a thunderstorm made its way through the area, causing multiple trees and power lines to fall.
Residents reported damage to their homes and vehicles. There were several roadways reportedly blocked as well from downed power lines and fallen trees.
The storm appeared to hit North Augusta around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, leaving behind a trail of fallen trees and power lines.
One family had a tree fall on top of their home on H and H Street in North Augusta, near Belvedere. A branch from fallen tree poked a hole through the ceiling of the home.
Caroline Habersham, who lives in the home, said the tree came through the roof into the kitchen, but luckily no one was injured.
"I was in my car when the storm hit and the wind was shaking my car so bad, I thought I was going to blow over," Habersham said. "Then I come home to find a tree fallen on the roof, with a busted hole through the ceiling."
The Habershams also said a shed was lifted off its foundation due to the heavy winds.
North Augusta Public Safety reported some damage and blocked roadways. They also said Belvedere appeared to be the area hit the hardest by the storm.
Severe storms were the story of the day throughout the east coast of the United States from New York to Florida.
“Basically, there have been pretty widespread, severe thunderstorms across the entire area this afternoon,” said Hunter Coleman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia. “We’re getting widespread reports of trees down and power lines down – wind damage – pretty much all across the Midlands and the CSRA.”
Coleman said the peak wind gust reports from airports in the region were as follows:
• 69 miles per hour at Thomson-McDuffie Regional in Georgia.
• 56 miles per hour at Bush Field in Augusta.
• 61 miles per hour at Owens Field in Columbia.
• 64 miles per hour at Orangeburg Municipal.
• 57 miles per hour at Columbia Metropolitan.
“We’ve pretty much seen winds from 50 miles per hour to the upper 60s with these storms,” Coleman said. “Some of these winds – not measured at the airports – might have been a little stronger. It started out initially as a few isolated storms, but it developed into a line of storms that is continuing to move across the Midlands right now, but it’s east of Aiken. There are no additional storms or rain expected in the Aiken area. Everything has pushed east already.”
Reporter Dede Biles contributed to this story.