Tornado cleanup begins after severe storms roll through Upstate

Tornado damage on Riverchase Court Simpsonville

GREENVILLE CO., S.C. (WSPA) – Severe storms passed through the area Wednesday, leaving a path of damage from Anderson County to Spartanburg County.

The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down in West Georgia Road area of Simpsonville.

A survey team from the National Weather Service says that they can confirm an EF1 tornado touched down.

They expect to release more information later in the day on Thursday.

Power crews are working to restore power to thousands of people who were left without power.

As of midday. Thursday, Duke Energy said about 3,160 customers are without electricity in the Upstate and western North Carolina. Most of them are in Greenville County.

Many residents and crews are spending the day doing damage assessments as well as cleaning up and securing their property.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter Wednesday night in Simpsonville for families affected by the storms.

The organization tells 7News they will keep the shelter open through at least Thursday night.

The shelter is located at the Reedy Fork Baptist Church at 3115 Fork Shoals Road.


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