Upstate family out of home damaged in storm

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SENECA, S.C. (WSPA) — The American Red Cross says it’s helping two adults and eight children whose home was damaged in Monday’s storms.

The Red Cross said in a news release the family’s home is on Hill Top Drive in Seneca.

Volunteers are helping the family of 10 with financial assistance for food, clothes, lodging and other essentials. 

City of Seneca Fire Department said in a Facebook post that Monday’s powerful storm downed trees on several cars and houses.

No injuries were reported. 

Seneca Fire Chief Ritchie Caudill said a tree fell on the Hill Top Drive house, causing damage. The home also sustained water damage.

He said the department responded to 13 calls related to the storm, adding that the area surrounding the Blue Ridge Arts Center on E. South 2nd Street was hard hit.

Lightning may have started a fire at a historic Upstate church.

There were storms in the area when Hodges Presbyterian Church caught fire Monday night in Greenwood County.

An emergency official said they believe the fire was started by lightning.

No one was hurt in the fire.

Hodges Presbyterian Church is more than 100 years old.

Storms left several hundred Duke Energy customers without power. As of Tuesday morning, the utility reports 49 outages impacting 311 customers in the Carolinas.

Gaffney Board of Public Works said in a social media post that crews were working to remove fallen lines, poles and tree limbs and that customers were expected to have power restored by 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Gaffney storm damage (Credit Randy Horton)

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