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USC Students recall their Hurricane Matthew experiences

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Students had to worry about their families being trapped inside their homes due to flooding. Students had to worry about their families being trapped inside their homes due to flooding.
Hurricane Matthew slammed the South Carolina coast and caused lots of damage with high winds and rising water levels. Hurricane Matthew slammed the South Carolina coast and caused lots of damage with high winds and rising water levels.

By Jennifer Harmon

Hurricane Matthew hit the coast of South Carolina as a Category 1 storm this past weekend, leaving destruction in its path. Winds reached 88 mph and some areas had up to 11 inches of rain.

An evacuation order was in place, but families of some USC students decided to stay home and wait it out.

Colby Holmes was on campus this weekend while his family was stuck at their home in Conway with 10 inches of water right outside their door. Giant puddles of water are still in his family's backyard, but their biggest concern is power. They've been without power for three days and aren't expected to have it fixed until Friday.

Thousands of other families, like Seth Rowell's, are experiencing the same problems.

"No power, no heat, nothing like that. They've had to take cold showers. It's been kind of crazy. My parents lost service for a little while in the house, so I couldn't keep up with them," Rowell said.

Another student decided to wait out the storm with her family at home. Kelly Elliott is from Marion County and this weekend was a completely different experience for her.

"I was in Columbia last year for the flood, and it was bad and all, but it's not nearly as bad as seeing your hometown being absolutely destroyed," Elliott said.

Her power is also out at home and isn't expected to be back until October 16. She says being back in Columbia feels like a completely different world and the best thing for people to do right now is be patient.

Governor Nikki Haley says the Emergency Management Division is doing everything they can to get these counties back on track, but we should count our blessings.

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