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Upstate, western NC hit by severe weather

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Lightning as seen by a FOX Carolina iWitness. (File/FOX Carolina iWitness T. Dickson) Lightning as seen by a FOX Carolina iWitness. (File/FOX Carolina iWitness T. Dickson)
Damage on Sandy Springs Road.  Photo by Will Martin. Damage on Sandy Springs Road. Photo by Will Martin.
Damage on Sandy Springs Road.  Photo by Will Martin. Damage on Sandy Springs Road. Photo by Will Martin.
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

As severe storms hit Washington D.C. and other parts of the country, the western Carolinas and SC Upstate saw strong storms Thursday night.

FOX Carolina Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent said a cold front pushed in and helped form a line of showers and thunderstorms through the mountains in the late afternoon then into the Upstate in the early evening.

The evening commute was wet and windy for some, Kent said.

As of almost 6 p.m., most of the Upstate, northeast Georgia and western North Carolina were under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m.

There were reports of downed trees in Pendleton and scattered reports of limbs down in other parts of the Upstate.

The strongest storm of the day impacted Pickens and Anderson Counties.

By 10 p.m., most of the severe weather had pushed into the Midlands.

Damaging wind was the main issue for the Upstate and mountains, while there were also reports of nickel and quarter sized hail.

Cooler air will filter in, with the temperatures dropping Friday night as low as the 50s and low 60s across the area, Kent said.

If you see severe storms or damage in your area, let us know by emailing weather@foxcarolina.com or sending pics to iwitness@foxcarolina.com

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