Storms that ripped through the Upstate region overnight Sunday into Monday briefly broke the heat but left thousands even hotter and without power. That was after lightning struck down trees and even struck and killed two horses in northern Greenville County.
A bolt of lightning struck a vivid path on a tree on Sherwin Lindsey's horse farm in Landrum. That bolt struck through one of his mares, and the electricity killed her and her baby.
Lindsay said he's seen it happen before, but never on his farm. The horse breeder and trainer said he lost about $6,000, a fine breeding horse and a future competitor.
"It's a loss no matter how it occurs, but if it's unexpected, it makes it worse sometimes," said Lindsay.
Down in Greenwood, the storms hit a tree in a different way.
Likely from the saturation, it took until 8 a.m. Monday for limbs to fall off the tree, bringing with them power lines, including the electric lines to the Cambridge Apartments.
Monica Craven said she heard a loud boom, and then, "I was in there trying plug my phone up but that's when it hit me, just like that, I said, ‘Oh Lord, we got all the lights off.' Came out in my apartment all the lights was off it was pitch dark."
Craven and about 10 others sought cool shelter at the Main Street United Methodist Church. Greenwood Emergency Management said other houses in the area were also affected by the power outage, but since it didn't last as long as expected, people found respite elsewhere.
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