• Storm damage widespread across McConnells area of York County

    By: DaShawn Brown , Greg Suskin

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    YORK COUNTY, S.C. - Hundreds of people are without power Thursday morning in York County after powerful storms pushed through the area Wednesday night.

    [IMAGES: McConnells storm damage]

    As the sun rose, residents in the McConnells area will start to fully assess the damage after those storms ripped off roofs and toppled trees.

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    Channel 9 crews saw extensive damage across the McConnells community, including the local flea market.

    York County Emergency Management officials said about five homes were hit by falling trees, and that 5-10 outbuildings had their roofs torn off. Winds in the area were clocked at 50 mph.

     

    Channel 9 spoke with a man who had a tree fall on his home and he showed us the damage inside his bathroom.

    “The wind just kept picking up and picking up,” said Lawrence Bass. “It looked like straight-line winds, I don’t believe it was a tornado or anything.”

    Jerrie Powers, who lives on Hidden Valley Road, heard air vents popping beneath her house then saw the trees bend.

    "You could see the wind just twisting, and it just snapped the top of that tree off,” Powers said.

    Raymond Mobley, who lives in a nearby house, was worried about his wife who is confined to a wheelchair.

    "All we saw (were) the trees leaning over,” Mobley said. “I mean thick trees, 40-, 50-feet high, just leaning over with the wind."

    Jerrie Powers, who lives on Hidden Valley Road, heard air vents popping beneath her house then saw the trees bend.

    "You could see the wind just twisting, and it just snapped the top of that tree off,” Powers said.

    Raymond Mobley, who lives in a nearby house, was worried about his wife who is confined to a wheelchair.

    "All we saw (were) the trees leaning over,” Mobley said. “I mean thick trees, 40-, 50-feet high, just leaning over with the wind."

    The National Weather Service did not send investigators to the area Thursday because they were confident that it was not a tornado.

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