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Storm destroys Columbia homes

Apr 6, 2011 6:25:00 AM - thestate.com
An oak tree sliced through the carport at 732 Isaac St., and a pine tree smashed into the center of the house.

Yet Leonie Hare counted her blessings and nodded toward the huge pine in the front yard, the one the wind twisted in half about 15 feet from the ground and deposited just in front of the house.

“He twisted that tree. God is so good ’cause my bedroom is right there,” said Hare, 68, pointing to the house she has lived in for more than 50 years.

That house and many more in the Greenview neighborhood of Columbia were deemed unlivable after what appeared to be a tornado tore through the area around 4 a.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service sent investigators to other possible tornado strikes in Aiken County and eastern Georgia, but not to Greenview. One of the things the investigators look for is twisted trees, just like those all along Isaac Street.

The powerful storm system on the leading edge of a cold front knocked down trees all over the state and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes. Few places, if any, were hit as hard as Greenview, a largely African-American neighborhood in north Columbia. Residents said they hadn’t heard of anyone suffering life-threatening injuries, but the American Red Cross reported major damage to 21 structures in the neighborhood.

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