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July 28, 2014

Storm causes damage in Conway area

A Conway grandmother said she was thankful Monday after learning that children who were in her home when a tree fell on it were not seriously injured.

A Conway grandmother said she was thankful Monday after learning that children who were in her home when a tree fell on it were not seriously injured.

“They’ve got scratches,” Saundra Horry said pointing to her forearms. “It’s amazing they’re OK.”

Six people were inside the home at 1901 Lundy Avenue, when a storm knocked a tree into it.

A thunderstorm that moved through Conway Monday afternoon packed winds that knocked a down the tree and tore the roof off another but no serious injuries were reported in either instance, according to authorities.

Horry County Fire Rescue spokesman Julius Graham said authorities received a report that a tornado might have caused the damage, but he said no tornado was confirmed Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service had issued severe thunderstorm watch that lasted through 9 p.m.

Saundra Horry said she was on the phone with her granddaughter and on her way to the house when her granddaughter told her the tree fell.

The tree fell over a corner of the home. Inside, the floor and bed were covered in insulation, dirt and debris from the roof.

The oldest among those inside was Demonche Horry, who said the group panicked when the tree fell..

“A couple got of us got hit in the head by the debris of the roof,” he said in a phone interview from the hospital where his siblings and other relatives were getting x-rays. “Panic. That’s all I can say to you. Everybody panicked.”

Demonche Horry said none of the injuries appeared severe.

Saundra Horry said she’s glad for the brick wall that held strong and said she couldn’t imagine the injuries had the brick also fallen on her family.

Graham said the storm also took the roof off a home near Old Railroad Road, where Heather Marcum lives. She said her eight chihuahuas were in the house at the time. None were injured.

Nanci Conley, director of the Coastal S.C. Chapter of the American Red Cross, said three families in the Conway area are receiving assistance following the storm including the Horry family. .

Power outages also have been reported around the Conway, affecting about 2,000 Santee Cooper customers, according to the utility’s website.

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