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NWS confirms multiple tornadoes hit Upstate, traveled to other counties

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Tree down on Teague Road in Laurens County. (10/8/17 FOX Carolina) Tree down on Teague Road in Laurens County. (10/8/17 FOX Carolina)
Storm damage at a mobile home park on Curry Road in Laurens. (10/8/17 FOX Carolina) Storm damage at a mobile home park on Curry Road in Laurens. (10/8/17 FOX Carolina)
The Sanders family surveys the damage outside their home (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 9, 2017) The Sanders family surveys the damage outside their home (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 9, 2017)
Storm damage at Town & Country Mobile Home Park (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 9, 2017) Storm damage at Town & Country Mobile Home Park (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 9, 2017)
HAYWOOD CO., NC (FOX Carolina) -

Four total tornadoes have been confirmed so far in the Upstate.

The tornado in Pickens County was determined to be an EF 2 tornado with maximum estimated wind speeds of 130 mph, per the NWS. There was another EF 2 tornado in northern Laurens and southern Spartanburg counties with winds at 120 mph. Another tornado in Union County was ranked an EF 0 with 75 mph winds near Buffalo. The tornado in Newberry County was ranked an EF 1. It lasted approximately seven minutes.

Thousands were without power in the Upstate and western North Carolina as the remains of Tropical Storm Nate pushed through the Carolinas on Sunday. knocking down trees and power lines down.,

Below is a look at Duke Energy outages by county as of 11 p.m. Monday.

  • Polk: 586
  • Greenville: 293
  • Spartanburg: 91

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative officials say all storm-related power outages had been restored by 7 p.m.

Officials in Tryon said all traffic signals were out in the Polk County town and asked drivers to use every intersection with non-functioning lights as a four-way stop.

The NWS said crews would be out surveying the damage path spanning from Laurens County into Spartanburg County, and damage paths in four other areas: Pickens County, Union/Cherokee counties, Tryon and one in Cleveland County, NC. Crews will start the survey in Pickens and Laurens counties and then move to additional areas on Tuesday.

The storm caused significant damage to a house around Cashew Trail and the Curry Road area in Laurens County. The Town & Country Mobile Home Park off Highway 49 was also hit hard. At least one mobile home was destroyed.

Emergency Management officials say one person was reported to have sustained injuries. That person was taken to the hospital and was released later Monday evening.

PHOTOS: Storm damage at Town and Country Mobile Home Park in Laurens

The storm also damaged Laurens Academy. The school was closed on Monday due to the damage.

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PHOTOS: Laurens Academy sustains damage in Sunday storms

In Pickens County, the NWS reported multiple trees and power lines down along Liberty Highway as well as several roofs torn off homes due a tornado. Another home lost its roof along Bradley Drive. Emergency management officials said Monday morning that West Maple Court and Robinson Road also saw heavy damage.

In Newberrry County, Emergency Management officials say 3 to 4 roads are dealing with trees down in the same area. They say one resident also had his roof blown off on Highway 39.

MORE: Deputies: 4 Pickens Co. homes destroyed in storm; Red Cross responding

Thousands of Duke Energy customers remained in the dark Monday morning as the utility provider worked to repair damaged lines and poles. Officials say in Polk County alone, at least 9 power poles are completely broken.

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative say 14 of the cooperative's poles were broken along Robinson Bridge Road in Pickens County.

    LATEST FORECAST: Sunday's damage to be surveyed, staying warm and HUMID through the week

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