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Storm causes 'major' damage, knocks out power in Florence

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A map from Progress Energy showing outages. The red areas are 3000+ customers while the yellow is 1,000 to 3000. A map from Progress Energy showing outages. The red areas are 3000+ customers while the yellow is 1,000 to 3000.
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FLORENCE, SC -

A strong late afternoon thunderstorm that hit parts of Florence on Tuesday caused damage that will require a "major restoration effort" to get power back on in the city, officials said.

 Click for Photo Gallery: Storm damage in Florence



WBTW Meteorologist Frank Johnson said that a strong storm hit the western side of town around 6 pm. 

 Johnson said that Doppler radar showed that the storm was not a tornado because it did not have any rotation.

There are reports that power is out to traffic lights in South and West Florence.

"(There is) a big outage in Florence. Storm took out some transmission poles. Major restoration effort. Will take 2-6 hours to restore power," said Ryan Mosier, a Corporate Communications spokesman for Duke Energy.

Trees and power lines are down near I-95 and Hoffmeyer Road. Authorities in West Florence also say that there are some trees down.

 According to Progress Energy, more than 13,000 customers are without power in large swaths in the southern and western areas of Florence. 

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