Strong storms hit Horry Co. with heavy rain, lightning

Horry County, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A line of strong storms sweeping across Horry County Wednesday afternoon packed heavy lightning and rainfall, according to area storm reports.

Leslie Yancey, spokeswoman for Horry County Fire Rescue, said a mobile home was damaged by a fallen tree on Lee Road in Aynor.

Three people were reported as being inside of the home at the time of the incident, but no injuries have been reported.

Additional firefighters from Horry County Fire Rescue were briefly called to investigate reports of lightning striking a newly constructed home on University Forest Drive. Firefighters on scene, however, were unable to find evidence of an actual strike.

In addition to heavy lightning, the National Weather Service temporarily issued a flood advisory for Horry County, which expired at 5:30 p.m.

WMBF Storm Team Meteorologist Jamie Arnold said the afternoon rainfall had the potential to reach accumulations of 4-5 inches per hour, resulting in quick ponding and minor flash flooding in prone areas.

A flood warning has also been issued for Robeson County, NC, as river stages approach 13 feet along the Lumber River. At that time, the river will be considered to be at its flooding stage.

The National Weather Service forecasts minor flooding for the area, as it continues to rise near 13.4 feet by Wednesday evening. Forecasters believe the river will begin falling below flood stages by Thursday morning.

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