We tracked a storm system since early this week and anticipated it's arrival for Friday morning. The line of thunderstorms arrived shortly after 3am and showed no mercy to NE Georgia, Western North Carolina or the Upstate.
We first saw a Tornado Watch issued for far western North Carolina late Thursday evening in anticipation of the severe weather. That watch expired Friday morning, but Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and a Tornado Warning quickly replaced it.
The Tornado warning was issued for northern Oconee and Northern Pickens counties, as Radar indicated the threat of rotation associated with the storm cell in the area. That warning expired at 6:30am, with no confirmed tornado on the ground.
Severe Thunderstorms pushed east across the region at about 50mph causing a lot of issues along the way. These storms produced heavy downpours, lots of lightning and damaging winds.
Rain rates at some points exceeded a rate of 2" per hour which caused a Flood Advisory to be issued for Anderson, Elbert, Hart, NW Abbeville and Southern Greenville County until 8am.
Winds caused major damage across the area as well. Some early damage reports include:
-A tree in the road in Anderson Co.
-A snapped Flag pole also in Anderson Co.
-A tree down on power lines in Jackson Co.
-Street Flooding on Butler Rd. in Mauldin.
This line of storms also could have been responsible for many power outages across the area. This line of thunderstorms caused all those issues and it wasn't even 9am yet!
The good news is that our Friday is not ruined with rain pushing out and sunshine building by late afternoon. Temperatures will be pleasant as highs climb into the upper 60s. We will continue to see breezy conditions throughout the remainder of the day.
I hope everyone had a dry and safe morning and TGIF!