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Thousands Without Power After Storms

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Storm warnings that were issued for parts of the upstate Monday evening have been canceled. Storm warnings that were issued for parts of the upstate Monday evening have been canceled.
Duke Energy is on scene to address down trees and powelines in Greenville on Roper Mountain Road. Duke Energy is on scene to address down trees and powelines in Greenville on Roper Mountain Road.
Thousands without power after storms make their way across the Upstate. Thousands without power after storms make their way across the Upstate.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

July 25, 2013

Thousands are without power Thursday night according to Duke Energy Media Spokesman, Ryan Mosier.

According to Duke's website there were more than 6,000 reported outages just after 8 PM Thursday, predominately around Greenville's Roper Mountain, Mitchell and Woodruff Road areas.

Counties with the most outages include; Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson and Pickens in South Carolina and Polk in North Carolina. 

Mosier confirms [that there] "are crews working these outages and will return service to affected customers as safely and as efficiently as possible".

7 On Your Side will continue to keep you updated as details become available. If you are experiencing outages in your area you are encouraged to give your energy provider a call.  

July 23, 2013

Tornadoes are more common in the Spring but if the conditions are right, Tornadoes can happen anytime of the year. The National Weather Service says it's important to always be prepared.

The radar on Monday night changed and storms began showing rotation, that prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Tornado Warning. People in Oconee county were told to shelter in place.

"It was black and raining hard, thundering and lightning ," says Jami Rigdon, she witnessed the storm moving through.

Storm Team 7's Christy Henderson says the forecast changed because storms to the west broke apart, sending a cold front towards the Carolinas, triggering storms that began rotating.

The Oconee County Fire Department took photos of funnel clouds moving near Highway 24 in Oconee County. They say the clouds never materialized.

Still, many sheltered in place until the storms passed by.

"I had the kids, got them in the closet just in case something was going to happen and make sure everybody was safe," says Anthony Poole, who lives off of Highway 24.

The kids were scared but the experience gave Poole confidence that when the next storm comes, he'll be ready.

The National Weather Service says Tornadoes could pop up year round in our area if the conditions are right.

Storm Warnings Canceled For Upstate Counties, posted July 22, 2013

Storm warnings that were issued for parts of the upstate Monday evening have been canceled.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for east central Anderson County, southeastern Greenville County, northwestern Laurens County and southern Spartanburg County expired at 11:15 p.m. after a series of storms developed across the upstate throughout the evening. The warnings were  part a line of storms that prompted several Tornado Warnings earlier in the evening. 

A Tornado Warning was issued just after 8 p.m. for southern Oconee County, but storms that formed over northeastern Georgia pushed toward the upstate prompting more warnings to be issued for central Anderson, southwestern Pickens, Abbeville County and Greenwood counties. The warnings were canceled around 9:45 pm.

However, the storms, which produced reports of wind damage in Toccoa, Georgia, did not cause any damage in the counties. 

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