No major storm damage reported in Beaufort County

January 31, 2013 

The quick-moving storm that brought high winds and other nasty weather to many parts of the Southeast apparently left Beaufort County relatively unscathed.

Several fire departments said they had no calls related to storm damage overnight, and there are no current electrical outages according to local electric companies’ outage maps.

A major thunderstorm that prompted a tornado watch moved through the area last night. Beaufort County was also under a wind advisory all day Wednesday, with gusts up to 40 mph expected.

Officials with the Beaufort Fire Department, Bluffton Township Fire District and Town of Hilton Head Fire & Rescue Division each said they received no reports of downed trees, power lines or other storm damage Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Lady’s Island-St. Helena Fire District spokesman Lee Levesque said firefighters had two calls for service early Wednesday evening -- one for what turned out to be a downed phone line, and one for a branch that broke off from a tree and onto electrical wires. Both were minor, Levesque said.

"Other than that, we fared very, very well," he said.

Outage maps for S.C. Gas and Electric show only four people are currently without power in Beaufort County. Palmetto Electric’s outage map shows no current outages.

The storm system caused tornados in Georgia and Tennessee Wednesday; two deaths have been reported.

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