On July 9, between 4:30 and 5 p.m., a severe thunderstorm moved across Anson County, keeping fire, rescue, Emergency Medical Services and law enforcement crews busy throughout the evening, according to a statement from EMS Director Rodney Diggs. This storm had strong winds, heavy rain and hail associated with it. The storm caused trees to fall across the county, creating power outages. The heavy rain created flooding of roadways and small creeks.
The worst part of the storm happened in the town of Lilesville, where trees fell and a freestanding carport and trampoline were moved approximately 100 yards into the roadway. A canopy at the Lilesville pool was also destroyed by this storm. No injuries were reported.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has said that this storm did not appear to be a tornado, but a downburst. Downbursts are defined as strong winds produced by a downdraft over a horizontal area up to 6 miles (10 kilometers). Downbursts are further subdivided into microbursts and macrobursts.
With the severe weather that is happening across the United States and hurricane season upon us, Anson County Emergency Management is encouraging everyone to be safe and prepared for storms. “We never know when an emergency might happen,” the statement said. They come in the form of severe weather, accidents, and unfortunately, terrorist attacks. Planning now for how you would respond will help you remain calm, think clearly and react appropriately to any disaster scenario. Taking responsibility for your own safety by being prepared with plans and an emergency supply kit not only increases your ability to survive, but reduces the workload of first responders, emergency medical services, fire fighters and law enforcement.
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