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Severe weather damage across the Coastal Empire, Lowcountry

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Severe storms have left considerable damage in their wake across the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

The winds from those storms were strong enough in Beaufort County to snap a tree in half right on the campus of Port Royal Elementary.

You can see where the trunk split in half before this tree toppled onto the roof of the building. One of the branches looks to have broken through the ceiling and caused some damage inside the classroom, but this appears to be the only damage to the school.

WTOC also drove through the Spanish Point neighborhood Friday night, where trees completely blocked roadways and powerlines were torn to the ground. Because of that, many people there are still without power Friday night.

WTOC spoke with Neil Baxley, the Beaufort County Emergency Management director earlier. He said they've seen a good bit of damage across the county, including a lot of trees down on roads and even some that have fallen on houses.

Several downed powerlines have been blocking a number of roads in Beaufort County.

The emergency management folks said we'll have a comprehensive report of all the damage come morning. Of course, we'll update you then when the sun comes up and we get a better look at just how much damage these storms caused.

A massive oak tree was also uprooted onto cars on Bonaventure Road in Savannah. We're told no one was hurt, but it sure will take some time to clean up that mess. The road however is open and there is no debris on the street.

Drivers were also left stranded on Highway 80 between Talmadge and Griffin Avenues. Here we have a tree and power lines down. Crews were on scene late into the night working to remove it and get power restored for residents living in that area.

The Red Cross also informed WTOC that members have responded to significant damage in the Beaver Run RV Park in Metter. At the time, Red Cross workers are assisting 8 people with emergency needs of lodging, food, emotional support and other essentials. 

Red Cross teams are also assessing reports of possible wind damage in Montgomery County. 

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