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Aiken Estates cleaning up damage from Tropical Storm Michael

AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) - The cleanup is beginning following Tropical Storm Michael in the Palmetto State.

Residents in Aiken Estates are cleaning up as well. Many residents say the damage could have been a lot worse.

"We're doing some clean up after the storm. Racking up picking up some dead leaves and branches that came out," Thomas Baisley told NewsChannel 6's Shawn Cabbagestalk.

Baisley and his wife were picking up the pieces Michael left behind. The pair is no strangers to tropical systems after living in the Aiken area for a number of years. "We've had a couple of pretty big storms while we are down here," Baisley added.

Baisley was awake while Michael made a visit.

"[We] kept hearing it ping off of the roof. The windows shook a little. We all slept in the living room because around us are some pretty big pine trees and we figured if they came down, we would be safer in the center of the house so that's where we all hunkered down down that night and listen to the branches bounce off of the roof and the cars. We lucked out, I think, down here," he added.

Around the corner, Seth Dray was cleaning up his boat following the storm.

"Had a lot of limbs, not many trees down, but limbs, big limbs.  These pine trees are making a mess of everything but just kinda cleaning up after the storm. Kinda getting back to normal life," he shared.

The North Carolina native has seen his share of crazy weather. "I been on the east coast since I was born so I've seen a lot of them," he added.

Dray seeing minimal damage at his property.

"I was trying to sleep, obviously, it made through like 2, 3 o'clock in the morning but trying to sleep and a huge branch fell down right at our window.  I thought it was a transformer that blew and I got up and went out there and it was just a big branch that fell and sure enough, an hour later, the power went out," he said.

Both men are thankful that the damage didn't defeat the area.
"I have family in Wilmington who just got hit by Florence they're still trying to clean stuff up. Up there is a mess compared to down there," Dray added.

"We all faired very well, everybody in our family and group is all safe. We are praying for the people down there and along the coastline. I feel sorry for all of them and hopefully, a lot of them heeded the warnings and got out in time but that's about it," Baisley added.

According to Emergency Management Officials in Bamberg, Barnwell, and Allendale Counties, those areas experienced down trees, power lines, and minor flooding.

Authorities in Bamberg also answered a number of calls for minor traffic collisions. 


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