Line of storms knock down trees, power lines

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A line of severe storms has moving across South Carolina, knocking down power lines and trees across the state.

No serious injuries or deaths have been reported from the storms, which marched across the state before dawn Tuesday.

Trees were reported down in nearly every county along the storm’s path, with several falling on homes. The National Weather Service says a wind gust of 66 mph was measured on Lake Murray.

The Highway Patrol reported hundreds of incidents, many of them trees blocking roads or malfunctioning traffic lights.

The Clover School District closed schools Tuesday because of power outages.

South Carolina Electric and Gas reports about 25,000 power outages, most of them in Lexington and Richland counties. Duke Power reports nearly 30,000 customers without electricity, mostly along Interstate 85.

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