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Power Outages, Flooding Hit Lowcountry

June 16, 2008

By Daniel Brownstein, The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Jun. 16–Severe weather that moved through southern Beaufort County on Sunday caused some power outages, fallen trees and ponding on roadways, mainly in greater Bluffton and Okatie.

Many electric customers near Buckwalter Parkway lost power for about 20 minutes when a transformer was blown.

Others were less fortunate: A tree fell on power lines in Pinckney Colony, taking out a circuit. Lines were also downed along S.C. 170 in Okatie. Both took longer to repair.

At about 7 p.m., some homes in Westbury Park went dark, according to Palmetto Electric Cooperative.

Most of South Carolina Electric & Gas Company’s problems were in Beaufort, where 1,900 customers lost power.

Bluffton firefighters were busy with roughly 10 weather-related calls, including a lightning strike near a house on Bunting Lane in Rose Hill that sparked a small fire in the home’s attic.

Part of a tree struck in Colleton River Plantation fell through the roof of a home on Whitehall Drive.

The Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division reported no weather-related calls.

The Bluffton-area received up to 2 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston. Penny-sized hail was reported in southern parts of the county.

There is a chance for isolated storms today, although the prospects for rain will be lower than Sunday.

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