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National Weather Service confirms tornado hit Simpsonville

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Concrete wall collapsed at Bailey Heating & Air (FOX Carolina/ Dec. 1, 2016) Concrete wall collapsed at Bailey Heating & Air (FOX Carolina/ Dec. 1, 2016)
Storm damage in Leafmore Woods (FOX Carolina) Storm damage in Leafmore Woods (FOX Carolina)
Storm rips wall from home in the Remington neighborhood (FOX Carolina/ Dec. 1, 2016) Storm rips wall from home in the Remington neighborhood (FOX Carolina/ Dec. 1, 2016)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The National Weather Service on Thursday confirmed that a tornado damaged homes and businesses in Simpsonville when severe weather pounded the area Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service said crews went out to survey the area on Thursday and determined that a tornado caused some of the damage. They are still working to determine the tornado's strength.

The storms sent trees and power lines crashing down, pulled siding and shutters from homes, sent outdoor furniture flying, and even knocked down walls of some homes and businesses.

The most reports of damage were along Georgia Road in Simpsonville.

The storm ripped portions of second story walls away from home in the Remington neighborhood. Firefighters said the family was home at the time, but, thankfully, were not injured. Firefighters said the storms also pulled a child's bunk bed from inside a bedroom and sent it crashing several yards away. The family was sheltering downstairs when the storm hit.

People in the Leafmore Woods neighborhood said they were told not to return home until after daybreak due to roof damage and a gas leak. Photos also showed damage to the roofs and the siding of the homes as well.

A viewer also sent in photos of several damaged homes in the Carrington neighborhood off West Georgia Road.

Bailey Heating and Air on Corporate Drive in Simpsonville suffered extensive damage when a concrete block wall collapsed during the storms.

Jay Marett with Greenville County Emergency Management said damage assessment teams were out in the area trying to determine an exact number of homes and structures that were damaged by the storm. An incident command center was also set up at the South Greenville Fire Department, located at 1800 West Georgia Road.

Simpsonville city officials said five minor injuries were reported due to the storms. In Greenville County, officials said three non-life threatening injuries had been reported.

Thousands of people in the area remained without power Thursday morning. Duke Energy expects to have all service restored by 4 p.m. Thursday.

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