Downed trees, flooding reported as Michael moves across area

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(WSPA) — Tropical storm Michael pummeled the area early Thursday morning.

The Associated Press reports Michael is responsible for at least two deaths, including a Florida man and an 11-year-old girl in southwest Georgia killed when trees fell on their homes. 

Flooding closed roads and caused hazards across the Upstate and western North Carolina.

The S.C. Highway Patrol said the ramp is closed due to flooding at Interstate 385 South at I-85 North. 

Downed trees also blocked roads.  

7News is told no one was hurt when a tree crashed into a home on Orlando Avenue in Greenville. 

A Greenville County sheriff’s deputy was hurt in a traffic accident.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Ryan Flood confirmed the crash happened  around 7 a.m. Thursday at Feaster Road and Woodruff Road.

Flood said the deputy was hospitalized with injuries. 

The officer is in stable condition.

Details about the crash were not immediately available. 


Mudslide in McDowell Co.
Tree on house on Norwich Drive in Greenville

Flash flood warnings were issued for parts of the area, including McDowell County where emergency responders say a landslide closed Bat Cave Road near the 6400 block.

Dispatch says no one was reportedly hurt and no structures affected in the landslide. 

McDowell County officials urged residents in flood-prone areas to seek higher ground after a swift water rescue in the Crooked Creek community. 

A state of emergency was issued in McDowell County where multiple roads were impacted by floods and swift water rescue teams deployed.

An emergency shelter is being opened at the YMCA in Marion at 348 Grace Corpening Drive.  

Flooding prompted closures in the city of Greenville. Officials said Cleveland Park is closed, along with the McDaniel Avenue and River Street underpasses of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. People are urged to stay off the trail due to high water levels along the Reedy River. 

East Park Avenue, between Rowley Street and Bennett Street, was also closed due to flooding.

Greenville police say outbound traffic was shut down at Parkins Mills Road and Laurens Road due to flooding. Lois Avenue between Pendleton Street and Pendleton Road was also closed. 

Power outages left thousands in the dark early Thursday. 

Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said about 5,500 customers are without power in the Upstate as of 7:30 a.m. Thursday.  

Spartanburg County had more than 3,000 outages were reported there shortly before 8 a.m. Power is expected to be restored by noon. Meanwhile, crews are assessing damage in other counties. 

Several area schools announced closings as the tropical storm made its way here.

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