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Storm largely spares the TLC, schools are delayed Wednesday

Damage to a home on Inman Lake Road north of Whiteville Tuesday night came after a roof from a nearby Columbus County government building came apart, County Manager Eddie Madden said. (David Ransom, CC Emergency Services photo)

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     Impacts from Tuesday’s winter storm in the Tabor-Loris Community appeared minor at daybreak Wednesday, the wind and rain maker largely out to sea before midnight, though schools on both sides of the state line were set to open late.

     Both the Columbus and Horry County school districts were set to open two hours late today (Jan. 10), the Columbus decision announced shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, Horry’s earlier in the day.

     “This will allow buses and private vehicles to have full daylight to observe any hazards in the roadway,” the announcement from CCS spokesman Kelly Jones said. “We will monitor the situation overnight and make any changes needed for student and staff safety.”

     An area north of Whiteville saw damage when the roof of a Columbus County government building came apart, debris damaging a home on Inman Lake Road, The News Reporter of Whiteville reported.

     Power outages were light and scattered throughout Columbus during much of Tuesday afternoon and evening, most apparently caused by falling trees and limbs.

     Outages reported by local utilities at 6 a.m. Wednesday included:

  • Brunswick Electric – 47 customers north of Hallsboro
  • Duke Energy – 43 near Sellerstown, south of Whiteville; another 349 in Horry County between Loris and Conway
  • Horry Electric – 4 not confirmed, but under investigation near Pen Bay Road west of Bayboro
  • Santee-Cooper – None