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Hail, thunderstorms, flooding threaten the Upstate

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Thunderstorms and quarter-sized hail are being reported in Greenville County on Friday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS.)

"A front to our south is helping focus some storms in our area. The heat and high humidity is causing the storms to be strong and produce massive amounts of rain," according to FOX Carolina chief meteorologist, Kendra Kent. 

There have been reports of half dollar sized hail in some areas, according to Kent.

Kent said the storms should weaken through Friday night, but rain will be likely in the early night hours.

"A line of storms has formed in northern Greenville and Spartanburg counties and is slowly drifting south," Kent said on Friday night. 

The Covenant Presbyterian Church in Easley reportedly experienced temporary problems with their security system because of the storm. Lightning is believed to have been the cause, according to the fire department. 

The NWS has issued flash flood warnings in Pickens County, Anderson County, and Greenville County until 8:00 p.m. on Friday night.

A Severe thunderstorm warning has also been issued for Oconee, Anderson, Franklin and Hart counties until 5:45 p.m.

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