Hermine's impact on Bluffton
As Tropical Storm Hermine swept through South Carolina, the Lowcountry was spared from the worst effects. Lingering power outages, especially in the northern part of Beaufort County, and scattered tree falls were reminders of the storm, however.
The National Weather Service reported from 2 to 5 inches of rainfall throughout Beaufort County.
Of SCE&G’s 49,194 Beaufort County customers, only 16 remained without power as of 9 p.m., according to the utility’s web site. Only six people in Jasper County reported outages.
Across the state, another 5,916 SCE&G customers were without power in Colleton, Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Lexington, Richland, Allendale and Hampton counties.
Palmetto Electric reports all customers have regained power.
According to the state Highway Patrol, a tree was reported to have fallen at Bluffton Parkway and Bluffton Road around 8:40 a.m.
Capt. Randy Hunter with Bluffton Township Fire District said the district answered 45 calls between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, the bulk through Friday afternoon.
The Town of Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue reported in a news release Saturday that the district responded to 52 calls related to the storm from 7 a.m. Friday to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, but no injuries were reported. The calls consisted of five reports of trees on powerlines, two elevator rescues, 29 trees blocking roadways, 11 trees on homes, three trees on cars and two trees on utilities.
The report said the Red Cross assisted two families living in homes damaged by fallen trees.
Several high school football games postponed from Friday night will begin this afternoon in sunshine. Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies all day, with a high of 88 in the late afternoon.