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This large tree limb blocked Muirhead Road — and the Hobcaw Point neighborhood — in Mount Pleasant for about 2 hours, an effect of Hurricane Irma on Monday, September 11, 2017. Wade Spees/Staff

Trees dropped and power lines went down. Bursts of rain fell thick as fog. Wind whipped swirls of water off the roads. The side slap of Irma punished the lower South Carolina coast while leaving the northern coast largely unscathed.

Surf pummeled the dunes and spread under beachfront homes. 

Following are the regional impacts around South Carolina from Irma as of Monday night:


Despite heavy rains, no flooding was reported around the Columbia region, but wind gusts approaching 50 mph knocked out power to more than 28,000 customers in Richland and Lexington counties and felled trees, some into roadways and building, including an apartment complex owned by Gov. Henry McMaster. 


The Greenville-Spartanburg area was largely spared, with no reports of major flooding, though wind gusts near 50 mph downed power lines and led to the closing of at least three roads in Greenville County. South Carolina's first recorded death in Irma occurred in Abbeville County when a 57-year-old man was struck by a tree limb, The Associated Press reported.


A waterspout was spotted at Isle of Palms but apparently did no damage. Other potential tornadoes were spotted but no touchdowns reported, according to the National Weather Service. A house on Sullivan's Island had the roof torn off. In Charleston, a storm surge of nearly 10 feet swamped city streets and acre on acre along tidal creeks. In the Beaufort County region, a storm surge of more than 12 feet swamped docks and had people walking waist-deep in water on Hilton Head.

Pee Dee

No damage or flooding was reported in the Myrtle Beach area and the Pee Dee, where little rain fell and gusts were modest. The storm gave the region such a little whack that in the midst of it, Duke Energy sent 1,500 line workers to Florida to help with repairs there.

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