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S.C. Department of Transportation employees clear a tree from Belleville Road on Thursday.

Some residents of eastern Orangeburg County feel fortunate that Tropical Storm Michael didn’t cause much damage locally.

“I thought it was going to be very worse. We’re very fortunate to be on this side of where it came across,” Holly Hill resident Lewis Sweatman said.

“The winds, to see how Columbia and that area was getting hit, (we were) very fortunate.”

The storm made its way across South Carolina and The T&D Region Thursday.

Providence resident Mike Landis said he wasn’t sure what to expect from Michael.

“I really didn’t know. I was expecting the worst and hoping for the best,” he said.

He is thankful the storm caused little damage.

“Yeah, we were blessed. We were blessed on this one. The people in Florida got it terrible,” Landis said.

Eutawville resident Henry Locked said he felt the forecasts were accurate.

“I think it was about what they said it was going to be,” he said. “We got a decent amount of wind, we got a little bit of rain and it moved through fairly quick.”

He feels lucky to have been spared any serious effects.

“Oh, I’m glad it wasn’t worse. I guess because it came in off the Gulf instead of the Atlantic, the winds were in a different directions and it had a lot of ground to cover before it got to us, so it slowed the wind down some,” he said.

“But yeah, I’m glad it wasn’t worse than it was.”

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