WATCH: Wild Wind Whips Across the Midlands

Strong wind downed trees and power lines and caused big swells at Lake Murray

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Wednesday’s severe weather was mostly felt through wild wind that whipped across the Midlands, downing trees, causing thousands of power outages and big waves at Lake Murray.

ABC Columbia Chief Meteorologist John Farley said gusts at the lake reached up to 56 miles per hour.

The hard hitting winds, leaving about 20,000 SCE&G customers in the dark in Richland and Lexington counties earlier.

“It flickered on earlier today four or five times, then went out for maybe about ten minutes,” Hallmark neighborhood resident Linda Williams said, “but then about 3:30 p.m., it went out for a little over an hour.”

Power was restored to most by Wednesday night.

City of Columbia crews were cleaning up the mess from the wind as the sun set tackling a downed tree, tangled in a mess of power lines at Marion and Laurel Streets.

Wednesday’s sunshine trumped the wind for some of you looking for exercise. The walkers and joggers were out in full-force along the Lake Murray Dam.

“It’s a lot windier on the dam, than it is in the neighborhood, that’s for sure,” Columbia resident Raymond Wright said. “We’re going to get out of the wind before our lips and cheeks become chapped, and hope for a better day tomorrow.”


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