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Storms cause damage in Columbia area

Jul 27, 2010 7:34:00 PM - thestate.com
Monday night’s storms wreaked havoc in the Columbia area and are suspected to be the cause of at least two fires in Lexington County.

The Lexington County Fire Service said it’s likely that the storm started a fire at a home in the Round Hill community and a commercial structure fire on Augusta Highway. No injuries were reported.

Rain totals from Monday’s storms were scattered. An official gauge at USC’s campus registered 1.68 inches of rain from 5-7 p.m., including 1.44 inches in just 30 minutes. But Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Lexington County got just 0.01 of an inch of rain.

As usually happens with heavy downtown rain, Rocky Branch flooded into the streets at Whaley and Main and in the Five Points area. Trees and large limbs were reported down in Columbia and Forest Acres, and some areas lost power.