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Storms leave damage and power outages across Upstate, Western NC

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A camper at an RV dealership blew over an embankment at I-85 and Hwy. 14 during the storms.  Photo submitted by Stephen, a FOX Carolina viewer. A camper at an RV dealership blew over an embankment at I-85 and Hwy. 14 during the storms. Photo submitted by Stephen, a FOX Carolina viewer.
A tree fell on an SUV in Boiling Springs. Photo submitted by Keith, a FOX Carolina viewer. A tree fell on an SUV in Boiling Springs. Photo submitted by Keith, a FOX Carolina viewer.
Hail fell in Inman.  Photo submitted by Johanna, a FOX Carolina viewer. Hail fell in Inman. Photo submitted by Johanna, a FOX Carolina viewer.
Dark sky over Fountain Inn.  Photo submitted by a FOX Carolina viewer. Dark sky over Fountain Inn. Photo submitted by a FOX Carolina viewer.
Hail fell in Greer.  Photo submitted by Dave, a FOX Carolina viewer. Hail fell in Greer. Photo submitted by Dave, a FOX Carolina viewer.
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A line of strong storms moved through the Upstate, Western North Carolina and Northeast Georgia Wednesday evening. On Thursday afternoon, many people across the area were cleaning up damage and thousands were still without power. 

The National Weather Service said the storms produced hail, lightning, heavy rain and wind gusts up to 70 mph in some areas.

Damage was reported in several areas, but there were no reports of injuries. The damage mostly consisted of fallen trees and power lines.

As of 11 p.m. on Thursday, Duke Energy said about 15,000 people were still without power in the Upstate and Western NC.  Duke says crews are working to restore power.  

Homes were damaged in the Taylors area.  Trees and power lines were knocked down from Greer to Union.

A camper at a dealership in Greer blew over an embankment at Highway 14 and I-85. The camper was from Bob Ledford's Adventure Motor Home and landed close to the interstate ramp. A second camper also flipped but stayed on the property.

"I looked up the hill to the right and a big Rockwood Travel Trailer, it was rocking real hard. Then, I just seen it pick up off the ground and just slam on its top," said Harvie Coates, an employee at the dealership.

Not far from the dealership, poles and trees fell in a parking lot at Greenville Spartanburg International Airport, damaging several cars.

For most of the Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, the airport ran on limited power because of outages, but the terminal and the garages were all up-and-running.

FOX Carolina viewers and FOX Carolina News Facebook fans told us what they were seeing outside during the storm.

Here's what they said:

Justin told us, "Just drove from Powdersville to Greer on 85. could barely see the car in front of you."

Sandra wrote, "In Greer, we had hail as big as golf balls. Power out, tree limbs down and cable lines down."

Drew says, "We had pea-sized hail in Simpsonville."

Carolyn says, "Winds of almost 80 here in Greer, hail bad, siren going' off."

Jennifer wrote, "Just got a horrible round of wind and pea to dime-sized hail here in Lyman."

Kaysi in Simpsonville says, "Heavy rain, lots of hail and strong winds just blew down part of our back fence!"

Ron wrote, "We just got real scared just a few minutes ago. My wife and I were in the closet with the cat. Now we're hearing a lot of fire trucks going down Woodruff Rd and towards Mauldin."

Becky wrote, "Had a doozy in Woodruff. Wind was blowing shopping carts across the flat parking lot at Food Lion."

 

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