Powell Mill to W. Main in Spartanburg ‘ground zero’ after severe storms; damage reported throughout Upstate

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UPDATE: Following a series of tornado watches, warning and flooding in the Upstate, Western North Carolina and in Georgia, we’re seeing lots of reports of storm damage throughout our viewing area.

In Spartanburg at Crown Pointe Apartments, our Meteorologist Dan Bickford got to see the inside one of the damaged units.

Our Scottie Kay took over our coverage of the storm damage at Crown Pointe Apartments, and was able to speak to another resident about what they heard and saw as the storm came through:

Doug Bryson, the Spartanburg County Emergency Management director, is calling the Power Mill area, where the apartment complex is located, to West Main Street in downtown Spartanburg “ground zero.”

Bryson confirmed that some people were taken to the hospital by EMS with injuries, and said there are approximately 15,000 people without power in Spartanburg County.

He said there are a significant amount of trees down in the area as well.

Bryson said the county is seeing more storm damage in this weather event than when there were tornadoes in 2017.

Photos of McDonalds and Taco Bell sign damage in Spartanburg off of Warren H Abernathy
Photo from our Facebook viewer Lizzy Miranda, showing sign damage outside of IHOP

7 News viewer Savannah King messaged us with the following photos from Anthony Road near Westgate in Spartanburg:

The following a viewer contributed photos showing power lines and poles down near Lowe’s in Spartanburg:

Spartanburg Police Department officials said the following roads are blocked:

  • Baltimore Street near West Main Street
  • W.O. Ezell and Chestnut (most of W.O. Ezell is blocked)
  • Westover Drive and Gibson
  • Connecticut
  • John B. White and Crescent
  • Pine and Boyd
  • Dover Road
  • Webber Road
  • Greengate and Dupree
  • Franklin Street at under path (water)
  • Beaumont Avenue (water)

Maj. Art Littlejohn said there are numerous reports of trees down in many neighborhoods and said officers are checking damaged homes to ensure no one is trapped inside.

Bridget Kirkland sent us this video of USC Upstate’s campus:

City of Greenville officials are reporting several road closures happening now:

  • Inbound right lane of Laurens Road is closed at 2201
  • Parkins Lake Road at Chisolm Trail is closed
  • Keith Drive, from North Pleasantburg to Airport Road is closed; also Keith Drive is now closed between Pleasantburg and Laurens
  • Byrdland Drive, from Airport Road to Cessna Court is closed
  • Hilly Street is underwater at the bridge (between Stone Avenue and Center Street)
  • Spartanburg Street, between Stone and Mount Zion is closed
  • Lois Avenue under the trestle is closed
  • Traffic lights are out on South Academy, at McBee and Washington
  • I-85 Southbound from Laurens Road has only one lane of traffic open due to mud blocking the roadway
  • Laurens Road is closed from Parkins Mill to Waite
  • Westbound lanes of Stone Avenue are closed from I-385 to Hilly Street
  • The intersection of Atlas and Henrietta is closed
  • South Hudson Street is closed below AJ Whittenberg Elementary and Welborn Street
  • Duvall Drive is closed from Parkins Lake to Parkins Mill
  • Parkins Mill is closed from Mauldin Road to Duvall Drive (including section under I-85)
  • Cagle Street is closed from Willard Street to Temple Street
  • Elmore Street is closed from Willard Street to Temple Street

Our Ayla Ferrone just sent us this video showing flooding on Keith Drive in Greenville:

Our Christine Scarpelli sent us these photos of flooding currently happening in Cleveland Park:

Marci Toliver sent us this video from her home, located in the Bishop Hills subdivision in Mauldin:

Wahalla Fire Chief Brandon Burton said the following roads are closed:

  • Rocky Knoll Road at fields (East End)
  • Tulip Drive (Sertoma Field)
  • East Main (between Oak and Church)
  • S. College and W.S. Broad intersection
  • N. Andover
  • Rimrodt Road
  • Busch Creek
  • Lusk Road

In Seneca, 7 News’ Jennifer Martin spoke with a woman whose home is surrounded by water for the fourth time in 3 years and said it’s because she lives by a creek that is overflowing and is in a low-lying area:

Duke Energy officials said 12,039 customers are without power in Spartanburg County.

Laurens Electric Cooperative, Inc. said over 4,000 customers are without power in Laurens County.


SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Storm Team 7 has been tracking potential severe weather that could start moving into the area throughout the day Thursday.

Carolinas’ Chief Meteorologist Christy Henderson said there may be a severe thunderstorm or two Thursday morning, but there will be higher chances for severe storms in the Upstate in the early to mid afternoon.

A flash flood watch will be in effect for all of the area until very early Friday.

Here in Spartanburg County, our crews went to flooding on Old Whitney Road, where barriers were being put up to block traffic on that road. Spartanburg County Dispatch confirmed that when law enforcement arrived on-scene, they found a vehicle abandoned in the road.

Oconee County Emergency Services officials said at around 9 a.m. Avondale Drive in Seneca was closed to traffic due to flooding. We’re told that area is typically a problem spot during big storms.

We have a crew headed to the scene at this time.

See a timeline of the storms expected to hit our area at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday in the slideshow below:

Areas around the Upstate could possibly see up to an estimated six inches of rain.

Showers are expected to taper off late Thursday night, but another chance of rain will return on Saturday.

The entire Upstate, western North Carolina, and northeast Georgia are all under a Flash Flood Watch for Thursday.

The National Weather Service said the heavy rain brings an increased risk of landslides and rockslides in the mountains.

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