GALLERY: Storms cause damage across the Lowcountry

LADSON, S.C. (WCBD) – Severe storms ripped through portions of the Lowcountry on Monday evening, causing tree damage and large hail in many areas.

People from Colleton County to Dorchester and Berkeley counties reported seeing piles of hail in their yards, toppled trees, and other debris after storms moved through the area between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Ladson and Sangaree appeared to be hit the hardest officials with Berkeley County said that is where they have seen the most damage and people shared numerous photos with News 2 of trees down.

Berkeley county reported between 17 and 19 trees down around 8:45 PM with that number climbing as cruise assess the situation thousands of people also lost power due to the storm.

Storm Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Rob Fowler said much of that damage appears to have been connected to a downburst rather than a tornado. “When you have downburst winds, it can look like a tornado. The damage can be just as extensive,” he said.

Fowler said radar data and tree damage point towards a downburst with many of the trees, falling in the same direction rather than scattered as you would see with rotation.

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Author: Tim Renaud