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Parts of Upstate remain on alert for storms, flooding

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

While parts of the day will offer a break from the rain, forecasters said that some Upstate towns remain on watch for storms and flooding, which left some roads closed earlier in the week.

FOX Carolina Meteorologist Nicole Papay said Wednesday may seem like a repeat of Tuesday as the day will become warm with the sun shining, but the humid air could spike storms later in the day.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for Laurens, Greenwood, Abbeville, greater Greenville, greater Oconee and greater Pickens counties along with Northeast Georgia as a result of the amount of recent rain along with the potential for downpours Wednesday afternoon and evening, Papay said.

Anderson and Hart counties are also under a flood warning because of the intense rain amounts in the last 48 hours.

Those rain amounts have filled Lake Hartwell, forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open the dam's flood gates on Tuesday to help lower lake back below its flood stage.

The surplus of rain also damaged some roads and culverts across the Upstate. In Anderson County, detours are in place because of the sinkholes along Hattons Ford Road and along Gerrard Road.

In Mauldin, Corn Road was also closed after it was flooded as storms moved through on Monday

As storms moved through the Upstate Tuesday night, residents in Laurens and Greenwood counties also faced their own flooding and storm troubles. A few residents were evacuated from their Greenwood County homes and a home in Waterloo was destroyed in a blaze after firefighters said lightning struck it.

Since the beginning of the year, the Upstate has seen a surplus of 18.18" of rain, with a surplus of 22.47" of rain in the mountains, Papay said.

If severe storms or flooding is reported in your area, let us know by sending your weather photos to foxcarolinanews@foxcarolina.com

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