Strong winds rips roof off DMV office

Strong winds caused extensive damage to the DMV office in Moncks Corner on July 4th.

Berkeley County officials said a strong wind ripped off the roof of the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles building Thursday afternoon.

Officials at first suspected a tornado may have touched down and sent out a warning for residents to take cover indoors.

A short time later, the National Weather service said it could not confirm that a tornado was involved in the damage, but said, “We know it was a severe storm with intense winds.”

No injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service Office in Charleston received a number of calls about a tornado but couldn’t immediately confirm whether one had touched down, said Weather Service meteorologist Brittany MacNamara. Radar evidence didn’t indicate a tornado, she said.

The Weather Service reported severe thunderstorms in the area.

Lightning struck a community pool at Lindera Preserve in the nearby Cane Bay Plantation shortly after the lifeguard blew the whistle to stop swimming, according to a posting on the Cane Bay Plantation Facebook page.