Storm damage assessed Thursday in Midlands to determine possible tornadoes


People in parts of the Midlands are cleaning up damage left behind by severe weather Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators with the National Weather Service will be in Newberry and Saluda Counties Thursday to determine if tornados did indeed pass through those areas and just how strong those storms were.

In Prosperity, some homes are missing roofs, power was knocked out, and trees and other debris are scattered all across the area on Cy Shumpert Road.

No injuries have been reported.

2:45PM – Radar-Confirmed Tornado 5 miles west of Saluda moving NE at 50 mph. Take cover NOW!

— NWS Columbia (@NWSColumbia) May 24, 2017

3:15 PM – Radar-confirmed tornado SW of Prosperity moving NE. Take cover now if in it’s path!!!

— NWS Columbia (@NWSColumbia) May 24, 2017

The storms brought down some massive trees.

Sheriff Lee Foster reports no injuries from the storm here but says his office received reports of property damage. At least six homes were damaged.

The Sheriff’s Office says several roads will be closed while cleanup takes place Thursday.

According to Duke and SCE&G, all power has been restored in Newberry County.

In Saluda County, the sheriff’s office reports several trees were blown down and one came down on a house. No injuries were reported countywide. Several roads were closed due to debris and flooding. The sheriff’s office says it is posting updates on road closures on its Facebook Page.

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