(WSPA) – Severe storms and high winds knocked out power for tens of thousands Monday afternoon in the Upstate.

As of 5:30 p.m., about 14,665 Duke Energy customers were without power in Greenville County along with another 12,867 in Anderson County.

Around 3,800 customers each were without power in Rutherford County and Spartanburg County, according to Duke Energy.

Blue Ridge Electric is also reporting nearly 3,500 without power in parts of Oconee, Pickens, and Greenville Counties.

Laurens Electric is reporting more than 2,100 without power in Spartanburg County, nearly 1,800 without power in Greenville County, and about 1,200 without power in Laurens County.

Duke Energy emailed a warning to customers on Monday of a strong weather front which is expected to produce multiple severe storms. With the threat of such weather comes the threat power outages caused by downed power lines.

“Our crews are prepared and ready to respond to these severe conditions – however, high winds can often cause significant damage to power lines and poles, resulting in extended power outages.

If the power does go out, Duke Energy customers can get up-to-the-date information about efforts to restore power by texting OUT to 57801.

If you must go out during a storm, remember to avoid downed power lines and if you come across damaged equipment, keep your distance and alert emergency services and Duke Energy as quickly as possible.