The Times and Democrat from Orangeburg, South Carolina on August 17, 1994 · 7
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The Times and Democrat from Orangeburg, South Carolina · 7

Orangeburg, South Carolina
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Wednesday, August 17, 1994
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emnrrat Special report: S.C. storms Orangeburg, S.C., Wednesday, August 17, 1994, Page 7A 7 - If. die ,-.- - 4 ' - .-IN Wit aiamiwu . amw uwi.naa 1 I f 4 j( ji I j 1 " i , a p ( -r 1 - ' , , I ill I !: -yfji r-. 1 t , . s " i J t i I I . . it ' i f yir " , J Business devastated Marie Gillman looks at the damage to her family business, Microfilm Systems, in Lexington, S.C, after a tornado hit Tuesday. (AP Photo) Victims happy just to have survived By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press Writer LEXINGTON, S.C. - Richard Hicks sat nervously at Lexington Medical Center in the hours after a tornado swept through here, wondering how badly his mother had been hurt. He was driving home Tuesday when he saw her car overturned in the middle of a highway. "I ran into a damn guardrail when I saw that," Hicks said as he waited to find out Patricia Watts' condition. "I wish somebody here would tell me something. It's hell sitting here and not knowing anything." Later, he learned she was in fair condition. Wiley and Pat Easton of Lexington said they watched in horror from across the street as a funnel cloud destroyed an auto parts store WatPr water PVPnwhprp on tOD of their 23-vPflr-nIH son Ttpv "f Wclle' CVCry Wfiere "The cloud just came down and collapsed the store on him," Mrs. Easton said, tears streaming down her face. "We saw the tornado pick up the roof of the store, hold it in the air and then drop it back on the store. The cloud picked up some cinder blocks and slammed them down on the store before it moved on." Because of rain earlier in the day, he had gone to the store to pick up a pair of windshield wipers, his mother said. Now he was in surgery for a hand injury, a hospital spokeswoman said. Throughout the evening frantic families and relatives huddled to gether in the hospital emergency room, desperate for any bits of news harried nurses and volunteers could give them. At least 35 people were injured after the storm spawned from the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl rammed into the area, Lexington County Sheriff Morris Moore and Norma Cantrell of Westminster, S.C, share an unbrella as they try to stay dry while hauling bottled water to their car Tuesday in Westminster. Hundreds of Westminster residents picked up donated bottled water and filled containers with water brought in by the National Guard after Westminster shut down its water treatment plant because of high water in the Chauga River. The remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl slammed into South Carolina, bringing rain and spawning tornadoes in the Midlands. (AP Photo) James Metts said. At least 23 were treated at Lexington Medical Center, where all but four were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. Valerie Odom, 21, of Irmo cried and hugged herself for comfort as she waited for her mother. Odom was on Interstate 20, driving back from registering for classes at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, when the wind flipped her car into a ditch. She was still shaking in the emergency room about 1-12 hours later. "I don't want to believe that this has happened,"she said as she wiped tears from her eyes. "My car is totaled, but that doesn't matter. Fm just glad to be alive." David Thomas also was inside the auto parts store when it collapsed. "It was roaring like a train," he said, looking off in the distance. "I couldn't hear anything else but that roaring. I can still hear it in my mind now." Thomas tried to comfort Carta Waters as she rushed into the emergency room. Waters' fiance, Jamie Summers, was also inside the destroyed store. "He's O.K, he's O.K.," Thomas said, hugging Waters with one arm. His other arm was bound in a makeshift sling. Brand Baughman of Charlotte, N.C., remembered the windows of an office building shaking and "a piercing pressure sound as if you went down about 25 feet of water in about five seconds." Others talked about black wind and debris flying through the air Eke birds. "Shingles and tar paper went flying 300 feet in the air and that began to stress me out a little bit," Baughman said. A "I don't lecture, I teach." To Hammond Wylie, that means he listens closely to students, challenges them, encourages them, and hopefully inspires them. "I believe that a majority of people can do more than they think they can, and with a minimal amount of effort, they can 'rise above the herds.' If I could pass on just one idea for my students to carry with them through life, it would be to never accept reality at face value because there is always something more to the perspective. I am proud of my contribution to Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. Technical education is the way for the future, 1 and in my opinion, the future is right now." If you want to rise to the top, start your climb with a good education. What art you waiting for? f Call Today! 53-0311 or 655-7400 i , (Calhoun Co.) Registration is August 18 Associate Degree Legal AssistantParalegal program Call O-C Tech today for more information. onu(jjcid ieuijuicuiiy trapped n L.GAU pyiui i uui ny si leim & uepuiy sianas Dy some oi tne Dunaings in village square snopping center ington, S.C. Some people were trapped in the buildings after a tornado struck Tuesday. (AP Photo) in Lex- Oiy J4 s J ., , sxM i.. - " : .... 1 m m -"f7, --m tii tat Street closed Debris covers North Lake Drive in downtown Lexington, S.C, after a tornado struck the area Tuesday. 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