Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Horry County

A storm ripped through the Myrtle Beach area Tuesday afternoon, downing trees and causing some power outages and flooding.

Horry County was under a severe thunderstorm warning until about 1:30 Tuesday afternoon for a storm that the National Weather Service said was capable of producing winds over 60 miles per hour and one-inch diameter hail.

Chief Meterologist Ed Piotrowski said he saw a wind gust of 63 miles per hour recorded in the Carolina Forest area.

A few traffic lights have been reported out, including one at the corner of Carolina Forest Boulevard and Highway 501 that was knocked to the ground.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and South Carolina Department of Transportation are directing traffic in the area until it is repaired.

A large tree was also downed by the storm in the Socastee area, falling on top of a car. The extent of the damage to the car is not clear.

At one time almost 1,000 people were without power according to Santee Cooper's outage website.

Over 850 people in the area between Highway 707, Highway 544 and U.S. 17 Bypass were without power for about an hour Tuesday afternoon.

About 163 people were also without power in the area south of the Myrtle Beach State Park, between U.S. 17 Business and South Ocean Boulevard.

Horry Electric Co-Op also reported that about 100 people were without power in the area off of Highway 90 west and Lee's Landing Circle.

A small amount of water made its way into the Myrtle Beach International Airport from a leak in a sliding door near one of the terminals, according to Assistant Director of Airports Kirk Lovell.

Piotrowski says more storms are developing across the Pee Dee and Grand Strand, and strong to severe storms will still be possible through the afternoon and evening.

Stay tuned to Newschannel 15 for the latest severe weather updates.