South Carolina governor's mansion, car damaged by falling tree

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Posted: Jun 03, 2011 12:58 PM
South Carolina governor's mansion, car damaged by falling tree

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Crews in South Carolina were working on Friday to restore power to 20,000 customers after thunderstorms that also toppled a large tree on the grounds of the governor's mansion, damaging the historic house and destroying the First Gentleman's car.

"This is like every other family. The kids were scared, they heard noises, we kept saying 'it's okay, it's okay' and then suddenly we heard a loud crash and we realized it wasn't okay," Governor Nikki Haley told a local television station after the storms Thursday night.

The governor and her husband, Michael Haley, came out of the house in Columbia to find that a large tree had landed on top of his sport utility vehicle.

The tree also buckled a porch roof on the 1855 mansion, tore iron rods from the house and broke glass in two doors.

"Well, it's time to buy a new car I guess," the governor's husband said.

(Reporting by Harriet McLeod; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Jerry Norton)