Storms bring down trees, flood parts of Upstate - FOX Carolina 21

Storms bring down trees, flood parts of Upstate

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A tree fell on top of a home along Hadden Heights Road. (July 18, 2013/FOX Carolina) A tree fell on top of a home along Hadden Heights Road. (July 18, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Flooding on E. Pearl St. in Spartanburg. (July 17, 2013/FOX Carolina) Flooding on E. Pearl St. in Spartanburg. (July 17, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Lightning hit a tree in Moore, splitting it open. (July 17, 2013/FOX Carolina) Lightning hit a tree in Moore, splitting it open. (July 17, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Strong storms flared up across the Upstate Wednesday night, leaving behind thousands without power, downed trees and flooding in some neighborhoods.

There were reports of hail and downed trees from across the western Carolinas as rain and storms struck. And after the storms moved through, thousands were left without power - even into Thursday morning.

As of 10 a.m., Duke Energy reported more than 8,000 people in Spartanburg County and Greenville County were still without power.

Some were left to cleanup the damage Thursday morning, including a Hadden Heights Road homeowner whose house was hit by a large oak tree.

Before the power outages, the fast-moving, strong-winded storms downed trees, poured rain and flooded some Upstate neighborhood Wednesday night.

Near Lake Robinson, there were reports of golf ball-sized hail, according to FOX Carolina Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent. Kent said winds were up to 60 mph in some areas, and some locations were reporting 2 inches of rain per hour.

Along Bravo Lane in Spartanburg, a tree fell on top of a mobile home, splitting it in two. No one was home when it happened.

Because of the storms' speed, it moved fairly quickly, Kent said, which spared some areas from flood damage. Major flooding was reported in some areas including parts of Spartanburg County.

A viewer sent in photos of the water up to the roofs of cars in the street along East Pearl Street behind Spartanburg Regional Hospital. Spartanburg police said two cars were flooded at along East Pearl near East Wood Street about 6:30 p.m. They said the drivers were able to get out safely but the road was closed until the water drained away, nearly six hours later.

Another person posted a YouTube video of the storms hitting Spartanburg while they were shopping at Costco. Watch the video below or here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ImE7WTzhgM&feature=youtu.be [Note, some may find the video's language strong or offensive].

Click here to see more iWitness photos from Wednesday's storm damage.

While the storms moved out by early Thursday morning, FOX Carolina Meteorologist Nicole Papay said a few storms could pop up Thursday afternoon, with the potential for downpours and lightning.

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