Severe weather, heavy rains, high winds, and flash flooding across the Midlands Thursday evening resulted in down powerlines, fallen trees, and damage.
According to the National Weather Center Columbia, roadways in Richland and Lexington counties were covered by water.
PLEASE turn around if you see a roadway covered by water. We have gotten plenty of reports of flooded roadways in Richland and Lexington Counties. USGS Rocky Branch Creek on Whaley St in Columbia. pic.twitter.com/Na8JdjraH4— NWS Columbia (@NWSColumbia) June 16, 2022
In Lexington, the storm caused traffic signals to stop working. The Lexington Police Department strongly encouraged residents to avoid the area.
TRAFFIC ALERT - A strong storm has caused traffic signal lights to stop working on several main roadways through the @TownLexingtonSC including Sunset Blvd./US-378. Drive with caution.Please be alert, avoid driving through flooded roadways, and avoid debris in the roadway. pic.twitter.com/cO5jkVhNWD— Lexington Police(SC) (@LexingtonPD) June 16, 2022
There were also reports of power outages and power lines down.