MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - While we're gearing up for the return of sunny skies, it was a much different story one year ago! Tomorrow marks one year since the ice storm that left considerable damage across the area.
The event produced "devastating amounts" of freezing rain along and east of Interstate 95, all the way down to the coast, according to the National Weather Service. Ice accumulations were as high as 1.5 inches in Kingstree.
Monetary damage to forests around the state was estimated at $360 million.
The storm caused power outages, icy roads, and downed trees across our viewing area, and forced the closure of several schools for multiple days, as well as cancellations of several Myrtle Beach International Airport flights.
This was the second significant winter storm to affect our area last year. The earlier storm on January 28 and 29 dumped 2 to 4 inches of snow and sleet across the Pee Dee region, with lesser amounts reported by the NWS in the Grand Strand.
Learn even more about these two significant winter weather events from the NWS here: http://www.weather.gov/ilm/Feb2014WinterStorm