Storm Strikes Laurens County

Heavy rain and high winds struck Laurens County around 5:00 Sunday afternoon, causing extensive damage to a mobile home park.

One report indicated one person was transported for treatment of injuries from the Town and County Trailer Park northeast of Laurens, where extensive damage was reported to trees and structures.

Laurens County Emergency Communications Director Joey Avery said that some 12 to 15 people from a mobile home park on Cashew Trail, in the Rocky Springs Road – Curry Road area were transported to a fire station on South Harper Road to provide shelter for them from the continued heavy rainfall.

There was reports of numerous trees down in the area northeast of Laurens, extending past the Curry and Rocky Springs Road areas and out Highway 49.

Avery said there was damage to one side of the Laurens Cattle Barn on 49 at I-385, and across the interstate, there was a report of some damage to Laurens Academy.

As for whether it was straight line winds or a tornado, Avery said that call is left up to the National Weather Service. Meanwhile, Laurens County Emergency Responders were dealing with the results of the storm late Sunday afternoon.

The damage occurred around the time the National Weather Service issued two Tornado Warnings for the area.

The Sunday evening forecast for Laurens County by 7:00 pm Sunday was calling for showers and possible thunderstorm activity for the night with south-southwest winds at 9 to 14 miles per hour, and gusts as high as 23 miles per hour. Overnight low was to only drop to 71, with 100% chance of participation. More showers are expected for Monday morning (70% probability) with a high of 82.

Rainfall of up to an inch was expected Sunday night, with up to another half-inch possible Monday.