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Storms leave behind downed trees, rising waters

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The Reedy River rises after heavy rain moved through Greenville Co. Thursday. (June 14, 2012/FOX Carolina) The Reedy River rises after heavy rain moved through Greenville Co. Thursday. (June 14, 2012/FOX Carolina)
A tree blocking W. Main Street at Woodside Avenue in Greenville. (June 14, 2012/FOX Carolina iWitness) A tree blocking W. Main Street at Woodside Avenue in Greenville. (June 14, 2012/FOX Carolina iWitness)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The National Weather Service reported high water levels on the Reedy River Thursday morning following heavy rainfall, as storms moved through the Upstate.

The river flows through Cleveland Park in downtown Greenville and was expected to flood parts of the park as waters rise, according to the NWS.

As of about 8 a.m., the weather service reported the river was at 8.49 feet in the park and expected the river's banks to flood in areas throughout the morning.

Severe storms brought heavy rain, flash floods and lightning throughout the Upstate and northeast Georgia Thursday morning.

SLIDESHOW: Storms bring heavy rain, down trees across Upstate

Several trees were downed, blocking roadways in Anderson and Greenville counties. A FOX Carolina iWitness sent in photos from a tree blocking W. Main Street at Woodside Avenue in Greenville, where troopers and the Department of Transportation workers were out cleaning up the debris.

Wet roads and storms were making it difficult for drivers along Interstate 85 as well. One FOX Carolina iWitness sent in video of a multi-car crash involving a semi-truck along I-85 near exit 40.

The weather service also said there were reports of pea, dime and quarter-sized hail in Anderson County as severe storms moved through the area. Storms also knocked down three power poles and lines along Highway 81 in Anderson, according to a FOX Carolina iWitness.

Stephens County, GA, was still under a flash flood warning until 10:30 a.m., while Greenville County was under a flood advisory until 10 a.m.

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