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Severe Weather Again Monday In Upstate

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In Spartanburg County, multiple downed trees came down on homes and across street Sunday. In Spartanburg County, multiple downed trees came down on homes and across street Sunday.
Devenger Road near intersection of Batesville Road. Devenger Road near intersection of Batesville Road.
Trees are more likely to fall this season during storms because the wet grounds isn't strong enough to hold them in place when the wind blows. Trees are more likely to fall this season during storms because the wet grounds isn't strong enough to hold them in place when the wind blows.
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -

Severe weather swept across the Upstate again Monday, a day after storms caused problems for many.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Greenwood and Newberry counties until 10 p.m.  A Tornado Warning was issued early for parts of the Upstate.  

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through the afternoon hours.

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Forecast

Severe storms with hail, strong winds, and isolated tornadoes are possible Monday.  

The best chance locally is through the early evening.

We will see mostly cloudy skies overnight with lows in the middle 60s for the Upstate and low 60s for the mountains.

A front will move to our east for Tuesday.  With weak high pressure building in, mostly dry conditions should prevail for mid-week.  That said, we still can't rule out an isolated, late-day storm or two in the mountains.  It will also be heating up; 90-degree readings look likely for mid-week.

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Monday Storm Damage

Monday afternoon, another line of severe weather forced its way through the Upstate.

There were reports of power outages and erosion problems because of wind and heavy rain.

South Carolina transportation officials tell 7 On Your Side Devenger Road in Greer has been closed due to damage caused by a pipe that failed after all of the recent rainfall.

The road will be closed until later this week.  The SCDOT says they hope to have it open by Friday at the latest.

A detour has been put in place.  Officials say to follow the signs.

Sunday Storm Damage

In Spartanburg County, multiple downed trees came down on homes and across streets.

Gene Isham was at church Sunday afternoon when she got a call from her daughter. She told her to come home, which is near Prince Street and Asheville Highway, right away and that a tree had fallen on their home.

"We couldn't get in the back door and I didn't realize how bad it was until I saw it pulled the roof up," said Isham.

Isham said the tree was very old and had fallen on the roof, ripping a part of the siding off. She said she didn't see any area where the tree entered her home and she still had power, so they decided to stay in the home for the night.

"It's a big tree. One time I had my clothesline hanging on it. I was going to mow the lawn today and I was thinking if I had been here, it'd got me," she said.

Isham got help from a company called Lancaster Tree Service, who told her because it had rained for so many days in a row, the roots of the trees were soaked through and gave out when the wind blew.

Around the coroner near Brock Street trees took out power lines and crews had to break up the large stumps with chainsaws. Hundreds were without power across the Upstate.

On Sydney Street across the County Jimmy Lindsey was rushing to check on his mother. Family let him know that trees were down very close to her home and he was concerned for her safety.

The Una Fire Department responded to the street where a large tree fell across the lawn and another limb fell near Lindsey's mother's home. Lindsey said he was concerned when he saw the first large tree and learned his mother had no power.

"I didn't think it was this bad but when I turned the corner and saw this tree here I said something is pretty bad," said Lindsey.

Lindsey had help from firefighters and learned his mother was alright but she couldn't get out her front door.

"If she want to get out she can get out through the back, she's alright she's in there," he said.

Officials recommend anyone who is concerned about a tree in their yard or near their home, call a professional to see if it needs to be removed or trimmed. 

Tree Hazards

Trees are more likely to fall this season during storms because the wet grounds isn't strong enough to hold them in place when the wind blows. Even a slight wind can provide enough power to knock a tree down.

There are several things homeowners can do to prevent trees from falling. Trees should be pruned each year so that wind blows through the tree rather than catching it. Ground around the tree should also be monitored to make sure the tree doesn't start leaning. If a tree does fall, don't touch it.

"The most dangerous tree is a fallen tree," says Phillip Peirce, owner of Arbortech.

Peirce says trees center of gravity can change while they are being removed. If you're standing in the wrong place when the center of gravity shifts, it can mean a serious injury.

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