York County Leaders weathered Tropical Storm Michael

York County deals with the effects of Michael

YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - York County officials say there was little damage done to the area after Tropical Storm Michael rolled through the area. York County was expecting several inches of rain and wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour. Schools in the area were closed Thursday so students would be out of harm’s way as the storm came.

"We started seeing impacts this morning a little before 5 AM," York County Office of Emergency Management Michael Lewis said. "We had a couple of rumbles of thunder rolling through the county. Our heavily rain started around 5:30 and lasted through the morning hours."

County leaders were in a wait and see mode all day concerning this weather event. They anticipated the storm would end around 2 o'clock in the afternoon.

"We are dealing with some remnants of the storm," Lewis said. "It moved through York County relatively fast - approximately 21 mph and it has moved to the Northeast and pretty much out of the county."

Before Tropical Storm Michael left the county - creeks were swollen, winds picked up and trees that fell down. One tree on Finley Road and McFadden Street, near downtown Rock Hill, fell down around 1:30pm. Neighbors say they saw sparks when the tree fell on a power line. The tree caused the road to close and a power outage. Crews say they have been busy during the day answering calls for trees coming down. Leaders say despite the fact the storm is over, there still can be trouble.

“We ask our residents to still be vigilant,” Lewis said. “Be careful with standing water on the roads.”

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