The first major named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Andrea, has now left South Carolina and entered North Carolina, leaving little serious damage in the Palmetto State.
State Emergency Management Division spokesman Derrec Becker said that there was no area within South Carolina that was hit exceptionally hard.
“There was nothing out of the norm,” he said. “There were downed trees and power lines but no substantial damage.”
The storm downed power lines in Charleston, causing multiple power outages. SCE&G told the Charleston Post & Courier that 4,100 outages were reported in Charleston County. County officials said they returned to normal operating conditions around noon, however. Overall, the storm was not nearly as impactful as people had originally anticipated.
“There’s so much attention on this storm mostly because it’s the first major storm of the season,” Becker said.
The storm indirectly caused the death of at least one South Carolinian. The Associated Press reports Lexington native William Petty was killed in Hillsville, Va after slick road conditions led to a series of crashes on Interstate 77.
Tropical Storm Andrea has passed through the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Its remnants continue to head northeast.
Manny Correa contributed to this report