COLUMBIA, S.C. — Severe thunderstorms swept across South Carolina leaving more than 50,000 residents without electricity, downing trees and even causing damage at the governor's mansion.
The first family was not harmed.
SCE&G reported on its website that more than 50,000 customers were without power early Friday. Most of the outages were in Lexington and Richland counties.
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A Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV belonging to Gov. Nikki Haley's husband was crushed by a falling tree at the governor's residence Thursday night. The governor told WLTX in Columbia that two exterior doors and a gate at the mansion were also damaged.
"This is like every other family," the governor told WLTX. "The kids were scared, they heard noises, we kept saying, 'it's OK, it's OK' and they suddenly we heard a loud crash and we realized it wasn't OK."
"We had just finished dinner, we had gone upstairs, and we were enjoying a few minutes with the kids and we heard a loud crash," WLTX quoted Michael Haley as saying. "The lights were flickering for probably the better part of 10 minutes.
"It's time to buy a new car, I guess."
NBC station WIS reported that at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday Doppler radar indicated a cluster of severe thunderstorms capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph in the Columbia area.
The Associated Press, NBC News and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.