Summer storms surprise Evans

Expect more of the same today

Barry Paschal/ Columbia County News Times
A fire believed caused by lighting at a Columbia County apartment this evening.
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Strong thunderstorms dropped more than an inch of rain, toppled trees and blew down power lines Friday afternoon from Columbia County into South Carolina.

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A strong storm in Columbia County caused a tree to fall Friday evening, damaging a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado and home on the 200 block of Bohler Drive in Evans.   Jenna Martin/Staff
Jenna Martin/Staff
A strong storm in Columbia County caused a tree to fall Friday evening, damaging a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado and home on the 200 block of Bohler Drive in Evans.

Meteorologists say more of the same can be expected today with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning and 40 percent chance this afternoon and evening.

About 6 p.m. Friday, radar at the National Weather Service showed the thunderstorm was capable of producing winds in excess of 60 mph.

Columbia County apparently took the full force of the storm, which dropped a tree onto a $38,000 truck parked outside a home on Bohler Drive and sparked a lightning fire that burned through the roof of a four-unit building at Ridge Crossing Apartments.

Herman Gonzalez was the owner of the 2008 Chevy Silverado on Bohler Drive.

"I was in the living room just watching TV," he said. "I heard this big brush against the house."

A tree in the front yard had split, probably after a lightning strike.

Part of the tree lay blocking the roadway. The other half fell across Gonzalez's truck, which had just been repaired after a fender bender.

"I'm no assessor, but I think it's totaled," he said.

Pea-sized hail fell in Evans, where about 1,300 Georgia Power customers lost power. A spokeswoman said Friday that the outage extended to about 2,500 people in eastern Georgia, but power was expected to be restored by about midnight Friday.

Howard Willis, the Richmond County emergency management director, reported some downed trees on Central Avenue but no damage.

South Carolina Electric & Gas experienced about 100 scattered outages, a spokesman said.

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Chillen
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Chillen 06/25/10 - 05:29 pm
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Well, I live in Columbia

Well, I live in Columbia County and just got a bunch of thunder. Boy do we need the rain!

Martinez
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Martinez 06/25/10 - 06:15 pm
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Old Evans is closed as well -

Old Evans is closed as well - near Prescott

natchez
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natchez 06/25/10 - 06:22 pm
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Wow

Wow

Nightwing
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Nightwing 06/25/10 - 06:57 pm
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Needed the rain, but not all

Needed the rain, but not all the other stuff.

angeleyes
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angeleyes 06/25/10 - 07:32 pm
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that lightning was brutal

that lightning was brutal

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/25/10 - 07:43 pm
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South Augusta go plenty of

South Augusta go plenty of rain and wind. Thought I was going to need a boat to get home.

Dudeness
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Dudeness 06/25/10 - 08:12 pm
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Lots of wind, rain, and

Lots of wind, rain, and lightning, but still could not be deterred from grilling out.

dlnga
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dlnga 06/25/10 - 11:04 pm
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I live just outside of

I live just outside of Grovetown and we had pea sized hail around 4:30..lasted about 15 minutes, time I spent parked in a coin operated car wash watching other cars being pelted and dinged by the hail......around 6 skies darkened, lots of thunder and lightening and rain..but no hail. My car appreciates that...

ghsfrshmn
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ghsfrshmn 06/26/10 - 02:44 am
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I was caught in all of this

I was caught in all of this today and it was absolutely one of the worst storms I've seen, traffic lights were out everywhere and I saw a lot of trees down. The Ridge Crossing fire was huge, I was driving down I-20 by Wheeler when I saw smoke and went to Adventure Crossing to get a look and saw the flames shooting out of the roof. Prayers to those displaced by the fire.

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johnston.cliff 06/26/10 - 03:16 am
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I live just across the river

I live just across the river and usually get the same rain pattern as Martinez, but in the 37 years I've lived here, we've only seen hail once at my house. I like that part. Got lots of good rain yesterday evening and night. My trees are grateful.

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gailkaitschuck 06/26/10 - 06:27 am
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We were in Lowes on Bobby

We were in Lowes on Bobby Jones when it hit and at one point, you could look out the front door and literally not be able to see the parking lot due to the intensity of the rain. I don't believe I've ever seen it rain that hard during a storm..and we've had some powerful storms.

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Tots 06/26/10 - 10:16 am
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I liked all,God is good.

I liked all,God is good.

Mwilli5009
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Mwilli5009 06/26/10 - 02:57 pm
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I was at the mall and it was

I was at the mall and it was extremely strong. No hail but really strong winds, rain, and thunder.

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