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Strong storms blow through Upstate, leave behind damage

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A tree was blocking Westview Avenue on Tuesday night. (June 10, 2014/FOX Carolina) A tree was blocking Westview Avenue on Tuesday night. (June 10, 2014/FOX Carolina)
A FOX Carolina viewer sent in this picture of the cloud in Simpsonville. (Source: iWitness Stacey) A FOX Carolina viewer sent in this picture of the cloud in Simpsonville. (Source: iWitness Stacey)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

As strong storms blew through the western Carolinas on Tuesday, they left behind downed trees across parts of the Upstate and knocked out power to some.

FOX Carolina Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent said there were no confirmed tornadoes after Greenville County deputies reported two possible funnel cloud sightings on Tuesday as strong storms moved through the area.

Lt. Tim Ridgeway said deputies saw the clouds in the area of Augusta Road and Whitehorse Road just before 9 p.m.

Kent said there were no tornado watches or warnings in the area when they were spotted.

Kent said a strong storm moved into the county and brought damaging winds and large hail, but no visible rotation was seen on radar.

Greenville police said there were reports of trees down on houses on Westview Avenue in the city around 9:30 p.m., leaving several homes and cars damaged. Duke Energy was reporting scattered outages throughout the area.

As of Tuesday morning, Duke was reporting more than 700 customers without power in Greenville and Spartanburg counties. In western North Carolina, more than 1,000 customers without power in Buncombe, Haywood and Jackson counties.

Anderson County Emergency Services said they had reports of minor damage from trees on homes near Barkley Creek and Abbeville Highway. 

The storm had strong, straight-line winds which could have caused the damage, but a tornado couldn't be ruled out, Kent said.

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