Storms, tornadoes leave damage, power outages across area

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(WSPA) – Severe storms, including two confirmed tornadoes, on Sunday downed trees and left damage across the area.

Thousands remained without power early Monday morning.

Duke Energy reports fewer than 2,000 power outages in Western North Carolina and the Upstate as of 4:00pm Monday.

The National Weather Service says tornadoes touched down in Hart County and Greenville County, Sunday.

The NWS says survey crews found EF-1 tornado damage in Hart County. The National Weather Service also says an EF-1 tornado with 100 MPH winds hit Simpsonville.

The city of Simpsonville says much of the damage was concentrated in the area near Alder Park. Officials say around 800 residents were without power and several roads were closed including Alder Drive.

The Simpsonville Fire Department was working to clean up downed power lines and assisting Public Works, helping to remove tree limbs int he Westwood and Poinsettia areas of the city.

“Westwood damage is the worst,” said Public Works Director Jay Crawford. “There is damage in other areas, too. Trees have fallen on houses, and roofs have been torn off. Cleanup could take up to a
month. Addressing storm damage is our top priority, while picking up leaves and yard waste remain secondary concerns.”

They asked for patience while crews clean up the damage and urged people not to remove barricades.

A tree crashed through a house on East Yellow Wood Drive in Simpsonville.

Neighbors tell 7News a man was asleep when the tree fell through his bedroom. They say he was taken to the hospital. 

The Associated Press reports at least eight people were killed in storms across the South, including an 8 and 3-year-old in East Texas who died when a tree fell on the car they were in. 

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