T&D Staff Report
Thunderstorms hit eastern Orangeburg County on Tuesday evening, causing extensive damage to Lake Marion High School.
Parts of the roof were ripped off, the canopy used for disembarking students is missing, and HVAC systems ripped from the roof, among other damage, the district said.
“It is believed that a microburst developed as part of the storm. The summer extravaganza to be held at Lake Marion will be on hold for the remainder of the week as we assess the damage and determine an alternate location, if necessary, for these programs, ”the Orangeburg County School District said in a statement. communicated.
“In addition, all extracurricular activities including, but not limited to group and athletic trainings scheduled at the school, are also suspended until further notice,” the district said. “We are grateful that no student, teacher or staff member has been physically harmed as a result of this dangerous system.” The Orangeburg County emergency manager reported a golf ball-sized hail near Santee, the National Weather Service reported. In addition, trees were cut from Elloree to Eutawville.
The SC Highway Patrol reported that trees were felled near the intersection of US Highway 176 and US Highway 15, and the intersection of US Highway 301 and Felderville Road.
Trees were also damaged along Vance Road, with reports of torn tops and several uprooted trees.