The Florence, South Carolina area was hit with rain and storms on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. A storm that passed through the Hoffmeyer and Ebenezer road areas at 6:15 pm turned off the power for some 14,000 people. Most power was restored by Progress Energy in a few hours.
The storm downed trees and power lines in a small area but the transformers involved served a wide area from west to south Florence residents. Traffic lights at several major intersections in the city were out. Law enforcement was directing traffic at two lights on Cashua Drive and one on Freedom Boulevard.
The power outage occurred when the last thunderstorm of the day suddenly dissipated causing winds to downdraft and create straight line winds. This can often be mistaken for a tornado. Downdrafts are dangerous and caution should always be taken when stormy weather is in the forecast.