Trees down, crashes keep Grand Strand, Pee Dee crews busy during severe weather

Trees down, crashes keep Grand Strand, Pee Dee crews busy during severe weather

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.

Tree crashes down on truck, parts of home in Lake City

Strong winds pushed a massive tree on Dansing Street in Lake City.

It destroyed a truck and damaged portions of the home.

High winds brought down a massive tree onto a truck and parts of a home in Lake City (Source: WMBF News)
High winds brought down a massive tree onto a truck and parts of a home in Lake City (Source: WMBF News)

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.

Tree smashes car in Myrtle Beach

A family reached out to WMBF News after a tree fell on their car just before they were planning to leave their home.

A tree fell on a family's car off Stalvey Avenue (Source: Tonya Strong)
A tree fell on a family's car off Stalvey Avenue (Source: Tonya Strong)

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.

Car port blown away in Florence County

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.

Downed power lines cause traffic back-ups

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.

Crews respond to a downed power line on Highway 707 near Socastee High School (Source: WMBF News)
Crews respond to a downed power line on Highway 707 near Socastee High School (Source: WMBF News)

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.

Crews respond to a downed power line on Highway 701 near Highway 22 (Source: WMBF News)
Crews respond to a downed power line on Highway 701 near Highway 22 (Source: WMBF News)

Four people sent to hospital after multi-vehicle crash on SC 544

Four people were rushed to the hospital after a serious crash on Highway 544 in Horry County.

Crews respond to serious crash on SC 544 (Source: Horry County Fire Rescue)
Crews respond to serious crash on SC 544 (Source: Horry County Fire Rescue)

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.

Serious crash involving car under semi-truck on I-95

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.

Crews respond to crash where a car went under a semi-truck on I-95 (Source: WMBF News)
Crews respond to crash where a car went under a semi-truck on I-95 (Source: WMBF News)

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.

Double rainbow over Longs after storms roll through on Friday (Source: Kathryn Gambrell)
Double rainbow over Longs after storms roll through on Friday (Source: Kathryn Gambrell)

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