MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – An intense storm Friday afternoon pummeled the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, which toppled trees, downed power lines and caused dangerous driving conditions.
WMBF News crews were all over the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, responding as those reports came into our newsroom.
Strong winds pushed a massive tree on Dansing Street in Lake City.
It destroyed a truck and damaged portions of the home.
The homeowner told WMBF News she heard the wind speeds pick up, moved to the center of the home, took cover and then heard a crash.
No one was injured.
A family reached out to WMBF News after a tree fell on their car just before they were planning to leave their home.
They said they were putting on their shoes when they heard a loud bang. They opened the door and realized that lightning struck outside their front door and caused the tree to fall on their only means of transportation.
They’re now dealing with their insurance company in hopes of figuring out how long it will take to repair it.
The severe weather blew away a car port on Woodsbay Road in Olanta, and some pieces even fell on the truck underneath it.
The storm toppled a tree that nearly hit a small playground.
It also blew a lot of debris in the yard.
Crews were called to multiple scenes of downed power lines due to the severe weather.
Horry County Fire Rescue responded to Socastee Boulevard near Ann Street where a downed power line had part of the road blocked.
Everything re-opened around 6 p.m.
Another downed power forced the South Carolina Highway Patrol to block both directions of Highway 701 near Highway 22.
The highway reopened just before 8 p.m.
Four people were rushed to the hospital after a serious crash on Highway 544 in Horry County.
Horry County Fire Rescue officials said crews were called around 6 p.m. to the area near Peachtree Grocery.
Officials said the people taken to the hospital have serious injuries.
Authorities responded to a crash Friday afternoon on I-95 where a car went under a semi-truck.
It happened in the northbound lanes near exit 169.
Troopers said there were injuries in the crash, but it’s not clear how many people were injured or how seriously.
The severe weather also caused cancellations and delays at Myrtle Beach International Airport. A few of the canceled flights were arriving from Charlotte, which was also dealing with severe weather from the same storm system.
But when the storms blew out, a beautiful double rainbow appeared in Horry County.
Thank you to Kathryn Gambrell who sent WMBF News a picture of the double rainbow over Longs.
We want to see your weather photos and the damage that was left behind.