Thunder rumbled and lightning flashed on Tuesday night and Wednesday, leaving many Aiken County residents in the dark.

Strong storms ripped through the CSRA causing thousands of power outages.

At about 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, SCE&G’s website showed more than 12,000 outages in Aiken County. By 7 a.m. that same day, the number of SCE&G outages had dropped to 588 of its 52,094 customers.

A little more than a dozen outages were reported by Aiken Electric Cooperative on Wednesday. The number steadily decreased throughout the afternoon.

Residents called in multiple reports of blown transformers, broken tree limbs and downed power lines to the Aiken Department of Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday night.

Drenching rains, booming thunder and frequent lightning hit the area after sunny skies quickly darkened on Wednesday.

Several power outages were reported on Wednesday afternoon.

More than a half an inch of rain fell at Bush Field in Augusta from about midnight on Wednesday and later that afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Today’s forecast calls for a high of 85 degrees and a low of 65 degrees, with a 50 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms.

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