CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – At least nine deaths were reported after severe storms and tornadoes ripped through the state early Monday morning.
In the upstate, Oconee County Emergency Services Emergency Management Director Scott Krein said one person was killed and several others injured after a tornado touched down there in the early morning hours.
Five fatalities were reported in Hampton County after a tornado was reported on the ground near Nixville around 6:30 a.m.
The Hampton County Emergency Management Agency said thunderstorms created heavy wind damage as the storms pushed through the area.
Two others were reportedly killed when a tornado touched down in the Neeses area of Orangeburg, according to Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall
Marshall said the victim’s died after their home was lifted off of its foundations.
In the Lowcountry, a grandmother was killed in Colleton County after a tree crashed through a home as storms rolled through the area around 7:00 a.m.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy said three people – a grandmother, grandfather and a young child – were inside a home on Barracada Road around 7:00 a.m. when storms rolled through the county.
McRoy said the grandfather gathered to grandmother and the young child and took them into a back room of the home when alerts went off shortly after 7:00 a.m.
Once they got to the room, McRoy said a large tree came crashing through the roof of the home.
He said the grandmother was killed and the grandfathered suffered broken bones after the tree fell on him. McRoy said the child suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Viewers have been sending us photos of trees down, powerlines in roadways and severe damage across the Lowcountry. Tornado damage has been reported in the Cedar Island area of Moncks Corner. Homes and trees also suffered extension storm damage in the Fairlawn neighborhood and along Old Highway 52.
Aircraft and buildings were badly damaged at the Lowcountry Regional Airport in Walterboro.
Multiple planes were flipped over and hangars were damaged from storms that burst through Colleton County. We’ve also received numerous reports of buildings, trees and powerlines damaged across the county.
Another tornado-warned storm ripped through the southern portion of Charleston County, creating damage in Kiawah Island, Edisto Beach, Wadmalaw Island and other areas.
The storms knocked out power to thousands of customers across the state. Dominion Energy had crews on the ground working to restore power as the storms passed and some of the outages could last until Tuesday.