Storm leaves 700 without power


Streets blocked by fallen trees

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times A thunderstorm that passed through Union County toppled trees and tree limbs onto streets throughout the City of Union Monday afternoon. This was one of two places on South Street that were blocked by fallen trees and/or tree limbs. The storm also resulted in power outages that affected up to 700 people.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Robert Hope of the Union Public Safety Department and Jay Browning of the Union Public Safety Department and Southside Fire Department work to clear away a tree that blocked part of South Street Monday afternoon. A thunderstorm that passed through Union County Monday afternoon toppled trees blocking streets throughout the city and causing power outages that affected 700 or more people, some of whom did not get their power restored until early Tuesday morning.


Charles Warner | The Union Times These traffic lights at the corner of South Street and Pinckney Street in the City of Union were out Monday afternoon due to power outages caused by a thunderstorm that passed through Union County. As many as 700 people or more in the city were left without power by the storm which also toppled trees causing a number of roads to be blocked. City of Union Utility crews restored power by 3 a.m. Tuesday but were still clearing streets later that morning.


UNION — A powerful thunderstorm that passed though Union County Monday afternoon caused power outages and toppled trees in the City of Union.

City of Union Utility Department Electrical Supervisor Clarence Auton said Tuesday that when the storm hit it left some 600-700 or so people in the city without power. He said that 95 percent of the outages in the city were the result of trees that were toppled over or tree limbs that were broken off by the storm falling on power lines.

The powers outages occurred late Monday afternoon and Auton said it was 3 a.m. Tuesday morning before power had been restored to all the customers affected by the storm.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Auton said that trees toppled by the storm also blocked traffic in a number of areas of the city. He said that Main Street and South Street were both blocked in two places by fallen trees. A number of other streets were also blocked by fallen trees including Cornwell and Carson streets and Ferguson Lane.

While power was restored to the affected areas of the city early Tuesday morning, Auton said that city personnel were still at work late that morning clearing the remaining streets still blocked by fallen trees.

Auton said that city tackled the situation by forming crews composed of personnel from throughout the utility department to spread out and clear away the trees.

“It went pretty smooth,” Auton said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

Charles Warner | The Union Times A thunderstorm that passed through Union County toppled trees and tree limbs onto streets throughout the City of Union Monday afternoon. This was one of two places on South Street that were blocked by fallen trees and/or tree limbs. The storm also resulted in power outages that affected up to 700 people.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_IMG_0003a.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times A thunderstorm that passed through Union County toppled trees and tree limbs onto streets throughout the City of Union Monday afternoon. This was one of two places on South Street that were blocked by fallen trees and/or tree limbs. The storm also resulted in power outages that affected up to 700 people.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Robert Hope of the Union Public Safety Department and Jay Browning of the Union Public Safety Department and Southside Fire Department work to clear away a tree that blocked part of South Street Monday afternoon. A thunderstorm that passed through Union County Monday afternoon toppled trees blocking streets throughout the city and causing power outages that affected 700 or more people, some of whom did not get their power restored until early Tuesday morning.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_IMG_0007a.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Robert Hope of the Union Public Safety Department and Jay Browning of the Union Public Safety Department and Southside Fire Department work to clear away a tree that blocked part of South Street Monday afternoon. A thunderstorm that passed through Union County Monday afternoon toppled trees blocking streets throughout the city and causing power outages that affected 700 or more people, some of whom did not get their power restored until early Tuesday morning.

Charles Warner | The Union Times These traffic lights at the corner of South Street and Pinckney Street in the City of Union were out Monday afternoon due to power outages caused by a thunderstorm that passed through Union County. As many as 700 people or more in the city were left without power by the storm which also toppled trees causing a number of roads to be blocked. City of Union Utility crews restored power by 3 a.m. Tuesday but were still clearing streets later that morning.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_IMG_0015.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times These traffic lights at the corner of South Street and Pinckney Street in the City of Union were out Monday afternoon due to power outages caused by a thunderstorm that passed through Union County. As many as 700 people or more in the city were left without power by the storm which also toppled trees causing a number of roads to be blocked. City of Union Utility crews restored power by 3 a.m. Tuesday but were still clearing streets later that morning.
Streets blocked by fallen trees

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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