Powerful storms and tornadoes ripped through South Carolina this weekend killing at least nine people. The severe weather started Sunday and ravaged across the Southern region into Monday, leaving in its wake destroyed homes, power cuts, and desolation. Some people lost their lives, including 11 in Mississippi, eight in Georgia, and nine in the state.
This is one of the most significant natural disasters in the country since the year began. People who are already being hammered by the ongoing government measures to contain the coronavirus will have another cross to bear after being ravaged by the destructive storms.
In the Upstate, the severe storm carved a destructive path in Pickens and Greenville Counties causing widespread damage and cutting power to thousands of homes. It knocked down many trees west of Marietta, destroyed homes, and injured three people according to NWS.
Gov. Henry McMaster visited the Upstate on Monday afternoon surveying areas devastated by powerful storms. McMaster reassured that he will seek state and federal disaster aid for the areas affected, including Orangeburg and Hampton County that also saw deadly storms overnight.
The governor saw the devastation brought by the storms and said it was some of the worst devastations he has ever seen. He plans to issue a declaration of emergency that will help secure funding and resource once there is a final assessment of all the damage.