Lightning from a thunderstorm the morning of April 30, 2014, is believed to have blasted the bark off this tree near the corner of Burnt Church and Bruin roads in Bluffton. Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department spokesman John Robinson said many people saw lightning strikes from the storm across Beaufort County, but no fires were reported as a result. As for May 1, the weather should be calmer. "There will be some rain ... but no severe weather," said Brett Cimbora, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston.
Lightning from a thunderstorm the morning of April 30, 2014, is believed to have blasted the bark off this tree near the corner of Burnt Church and Bruin roads in Bluffton. Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department spokesman John Robinson said many people saw lightning strikes from the storm across Beaufort County, but no fires were reported as a result. As for May 1, the weather should be calmer. "There will be some rain ... but no severe weather," said Brett Cimbora, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston. Staff photo
Lightning from a thunderstorm the morning of April 30, 2014, is believed to have blasted the bark off this tree near the corner of Burnt Church and Bruin roads in Bluffton. Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department spokesman John Robinson said many people saw lightning strikes from the storm across Beaufort County, but no fires were reported as a result. As for May 1, the weather should be calmer. "There will be some rain ... but no severe weather," said Brett Cimbora, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston. Staff photo

Thunderstorms, heavy rain hit Beaufort County

April 30, 2014 10:35 AM

UPDATED April 30, 2014 07:26 PM

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