Andrea leaves downed tree limbs, high water in its wake

On the Grand Strand, Andrea left behind a few signs that it was ever here.

The first tropical storm of the season brought wind and rain to the Carolinas Friday, but little serious damage.

Andrea produced a few downed tree limbs, scattered power outages and some low-level flooding.

Residents of a single-story apartment building on Holly Street in Loris got a rude awakening Friday morning. They stepped out of bed into an inch or so of dirty water.

"Everything, my dressers, my beds, everything is ruined," said Lakeea Hardy. "Washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove, everything."

The six-unit building is in a low-lying area and residents say it has flooded before, but not like this.

"I always keep my stuff, when it floods like this, I always keep my stuff up, until the water and stuff comes down," said Junior Conyer.

In other spots around the Grand Strand, it wasn't the 3 inches or so of rain, but the gusty 30 to 40 mile-per-hour winds that caused problems.

A tree came down on Hillside Drive in North Myrtle Beach, disrupting traffic for a time Friday morning. A limb threatened to pull down a power line on Maison Drive in the Lake Arrowhead area.

Rip currents were a threat everywhere along the Grand Strand, but in Cherry Grove, the sight of heaving waves proved hard to resist for some curious vacationers.

"Yeah, just kind of checking it out. I wanted to see what it was like closer to the water. Crazy," said Curt Ranweiler of Longmont, Colorado.

Lifeguards tried to keep people out of the water in Cherry Grove, but were surprised at the large number of people who ventured out to the beach.

For some beach-goers, the chance to collect rare shells or just take a picture with the surging ocean as backdrop was too good to pass up.

"We've been down here so many times and we've been so fortunate to have such good weather, but this is a real surprise and it is a change, something we've never experienced before," said Doug Stewart of Greensboro, NC.

The storm moved quickly and the worst of it was gone from the Grand Strand by late morning, leaving little more behind than just a soggy, breezy start to the weekend.