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Storms leave behind damage, power outages

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Dark cloud over Simpsonville on Wednesday. Photo from Gina, a FOX Carolina viewer. Dark cloud over Simpsonville on Wednesday. Photo from Gina, a FOX Carolina viewer.
A tree fell on Miracle Mile Drive in Anderson County. Photo by FOX Carolina. A tree fell on Miracle Mile Drive in Anderson County. Photo by FOX Carolina.
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A line of powerful thunderstorms left behind thousands of power outages and lots of damage Wednesday across the western Carolinas.

Duke Energy's website reported that 4,485 customers in Greenville County and 1,098 customers in Spartanburg County were without power Thursday morning. Power outages were also reported in Pickens, Oconee and Anderson counties, according to the electric company's website.

The Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative said 237 customers were without power as of 8 a.m. The utility group said the outages were scattered across Anderson, Greenville, Oconee and Pickens counties. The business said at the height of the storm, 5,000 customers were without electricity.

The storms packed high winds that toppled trees and damaged buildings.

The roof of Computer Dynamics on Pelham Road was ripped from the building. The debris left behind by the damage was piled in the parking lot of the business Thursday morning.

"It was so quick," said Betty Robbins, who said her car was hit by debris from the roof as she drove past. "I'm nervous. I didn't want to get trapped in the car, so I jumped out."

A tree fell on a house in the 200 block of East Park Avenue in downtown Greenville. It damaged the porch and the roof of the home.

"I was in the shower and a bunch of guys from the church across the street were banging on the door," said Millard Williamson, who lives at the home. "I walked out and was like, 'Oh my God. This is crazy.'"

A tree also fell across the road leading to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. It blocked cars from getting to the terminal.

A tree also fell on a building at the Whispering Pines Apartments on Abner Road in Spartanburg County, damaging two units.

So far, no injuries have been reported in connection with Wednesday's storms.

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