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Commuters: Leave early, drive slow

May 11, 2011 6:45:00 AM - thestate.com
A line of thunderstorms packaged with strong winds, lots of lightning and pounding rain swept through the Midlands early this morning, leaving a trail of downed trees and disabled traffic signals.

At 6 a.m., the S.C. Highway Patrol was reporting more than 40 collisions, traffic light malfunctions or trees blocking roadways in Kershaw, Lexington and Richland counties.

For a complete listing, visit our traffic incidents page.

If you have photos of damage and time to share them, you can email them to online@thestate.com or upload them yourself here.

At 6:15 a.m., SCE&G reported 14,436 power outages caused by 287 incidents in its service area. Most of those, 9,322, were in Richland County. Another 1,394 were in Lexington County. Charleston County customers reported 1,743 outages, Orangeburg County customers reported 932 and Fairfield County customers reported 822.

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