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National Weather Service confirms EF-2 tornado swept through Spartanburg Co.; continuing to survey damage in WNC

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Flooding on bridge at Sandy Springs Road. (Source: Witness) Flooding on bridge at Sandy Springs Road. (Source: Witness)
BUNCOMBE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

National Weather Service crews confirm an EF-2 tornado swept through Spartanburg County Monday afternoon.

The NWS is still working to survey the damage sustained during the severe storms Monday afternoon in Cherokee and Cleveland Counties.

Damage reports of trees down, flooding and power lines down started to come in from all over Western North Carolina Monday afternoon.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms slammed areas in western North Carolina while tornado watches were issued for the Upstate and mountains until 9 p.m.

WATCH: Video of possible tornado ripping through Spartanburg Co.

RAW: Man, son trapped in truck wrapped in power lines on I-85 Business

Greenville County - Cleveland Park and Twin Lake Road were closed due to rising water. Flooding was also reported along I-85 south near Woodruff Road.

  • McDaniel Avenue and River Street underpass portions of the Swamp Rabbit Trail were closed until Tuesday morning for storm cleanup.

Spartanburg County - Confirmed EF-2 tornado damage. Officials say they received 1,115 calls through the 911 system from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Monday. In comparison, last week during the same time frame they received 353 calls. One of the main towers at the call center was also damaged in the storm.

Reports of two houses hit on Greenpond Road in Woodruff. Downed trees were reported in the roadway at the following locations:

  • I-26 near mile marker 26 westbound
  • Greenpond Road near Waddell Road
  • Hearon Circle
  • Old Georgia Road near I-26
  • I-85 Business near mile marker 6 northbound
  • Chesnee Community Fire Department at Battleground Road
  • Frontage Road on Highway 585 near Highway 9
  • W.O. Ezell Road - numerous trees and power lines down

Officials say there were no fatalities, but there were some minor injuries - as of last night there were 8 injuries, they said. A small number of roads remain closed Tuesday, mainly secondary and back roads due to power lines in trees, they said.

READ MORE: Troopers responding to more than 50 incidents on Spartanburg Co. roadways

Henderson County - trees down, power lines down flooding across the area. Dispatchers say they've gotten so many calls they have not been able to assess the hardest hit areas.

  • Portion of Highway 64 to be closed Tuesday near Bat Cave church due to landslide

Transylvania County - a lot of flooding, trees down across he county. Dispatchers say the hardest hit areas were Davidson River Road near Pisgah Forest

Buncombe County - some flooding mostly in south part of the county, especially in Biltmore Village.

  • Officials say Forest Road area #15 has been closed off due to flooding.
  • Heavy rains across the Blue Ridge Parkway have also caused multiple closures. Notably, Pisgah Inn and Campground. Officials say those are currently only accessible via Highway 276 due to a safety closure from MP 402.7 to MP 408.4. This is a closure to all uses.

McDowell County - multiple trees and power lines down. Officials say the downed trees are along Garden Creek Road, Norwood Drive, Glenwood Drive and Davis Town Church Road. Reports of landslide covering Mt. Hebron Church Road.

Thousands are also without power in the Upstate and western North Carolina. As of 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Duke Energy reported the following numbers by county:

  • Spartanburg - 10,623
  • Henderson – 2,493
  • Rutherford - 2,672
  • Cherokee - 1,490
  • McDowell - 567
  • Transylvania - 918

Broad River Electric System said 1,278 members were without power, with most of the outages reported in Cherokee County.

North Carolina's Emergency Management reported more than 90,000 homes and business were without power across the state as of 9:15 p.m.

NWS crews will also visit the North Carolina Foothills to survey damage.

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