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Storm threat lessens as rain continues

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As showers and thunderstorms began to move through overnight Thursday, some woke up to power outages and downed trees across the Upstate.

In Laurens County, a tree was knocked down onto one home. There have also been scattered power outages across parts of the Upstate.

In the Duncan and Wellford areas, more than 2,400 Duke Energy customers were without power at one point. As of 9 a.m., there were a few hundred outages in parts of Anderson, Greenville and Spartanburg counties.

Forecasters said more showers will roll through Thursday morning through midday, with heavy downpours and isolated thunderstorms possible.

The stormy weather delayed the start of the BMW Pro-Am several hours, with the first set of tee times set now for 12:30 p.m.

The thunderstorm threat has lessened, but an isolated storm is possible at any point Thursday, Meteorologist Nicole Papay said. She said showers will become a little spottier through the afternoon, but the rain chances will linger into the evening before clearing out overnight.

With the rainfall potential of 1 to 3 inches, most of western North Carolina and the northern Upstate were under a flash flood watch until 6 a.m. Friday. The watch was canceled for several counties, so now only Buncombe, Yancey, Mitchell, McDowell, Rutherford, Polk, Henderson, Greenville, Spartanburg and Cherokee counties remain under the watch.

Overnight lows will drop into the low 50s in the Upstate and low 40s in the mountains.

Friday will be mostly sunny but breezy, with highs in the 60s to mid-70s. The weather should cooperate nicely for the BMW Pro-Am, as well as the Greek festival and other local events.

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