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Could Be Late Friday Before Power Returned To Some In The Upstate

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The chance for storms returns again Thursday afternoon, following Wednesday’s widespread damage caused by heavy rain and strong winds. The chance for storms returns again Thursday afternoon, following Wednesday’s widespread damage caused by heavy rain and strong winds.
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -

The chance for storms returns again Thursday afternoon, following Wednesday’s widespread damage caused by heavy rain and strong winds.

Duke Energy reports several thousand customers are still without power across the Upstate. Spartanburg and Greenville customers appear to be the hardest hit.

A representative from Duke Energy told 7 On Your Side that teams are out assessing damage Thursday. It could be Friday before some residents get power turned back on, according to Duke.

Officials say power for all customers in the Anderson, Greenwood, Clemson and Travelers Rest areas will restored by the end of the day Thursday.  Greenville County residents near Simpsonville can expect to have power back by midday Friday.  Power to Spartanburg and Greer residents should be restored by the end of the day Friday.

Duke tells us the company brought in an additional 200 workers to help.

Broad River Electric Cooperative says power has been restored to the more than 2,000 customers who were without electricity overnight.

The outages came from numerous reports of downed trees.  Our staff out in the field went to several areas where trees had fallen on cars, houses, and across roadways.

Flooding was also a major problem due to the heavy rain that fell early Wednesday evening as a line of strong weather swept across the area coming from the northeast.

Hundreds of calls flooded the Spartanburg Communications Center, and several people said they had wait times exceeding 30 minutes, and some reported getting busy signals.

Spartanburg County Councilman Michael Brown says the 911technology systems were overwhelmed and “jammed” during the storm. Brown sayshe’s been asking for a while about aging technology, and he says this is alesson that the county needs to invest in a new system. 

And Storm Team 7 forecasters say to be on the lookout for powerful weather again Thursday. Meteorologist Malachi Rodgers says storms will remain mainly scattered.

For most of the day we’ll see partly sunny to mostly sunny skies in the area. Highs will climb to near 90 in the Upstate and middle 80s for the mountains, Rodgers adds.

Over the weekend, a weak front will move in, so expect rain chances to stay fairly high right into the early part of next week.

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