By Stan Welch – A line of heavy thunderstorms rolled across the Upstate overnight Monday, dropping heavy amounts of rain, and causing power outages across the Clemson, Anderson, and Greenville areas. Nearly five thousand Duke Energy customers were without power in the northern end of Anderson County and the adjacent parts of Greenville County, according to Duke Energy media relations spokesperson Tom Shiel.
“Around four o’clock in the morning, a tree fell along Old Williamston Road in the Powdersville-Wren area, causing the loss of power to approximately 2500 customers in that area. We also had a significant outage in the White Horse Road area near Easley that affected an additional 1400 customers.”
Shiel said that Duke Energy emergency crews responded and had power restored to all but approximately 500 customers in Anderson County, where flood watches were issued overnight, as well as approximately 3000 customers still without power in Greenville County. Those outages were expected to be addressed in a relatively short time.
In Duncan, in Spartanburg County, downed power lines caused major traffic problems along Highway 290, a major artery.
The outages in Anderson County extended along Highway 8 at least up to Exit 32 at I-85. Power was never lost at Exit 27, where Highway 81 crosses the interstate.