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Weather experts to survey if tornado struck Greenville’s Eastside

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The severe weather came in three distinct, quick-striking storm cells that swept across the Upstate beginning around 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Greenville News

The National Weather Service will investigate whether it was a tornado that knocked down entire power poles and split trees in half across streets on Greenville’s Eastside Saturday night.

The Botany Woods neighborhood, a community flush with aged oak trees, appears to be a ground zero of sorts.

Alyssa Lampe Sunday morning surveyed the damage outside her apartment in Williamsburg at Botany Woods. A large tree crashed into both her car and her mother’s 

The severe weather came in three distinct, quick-striking storm cells that swept across the Upstate beginning around 8 p.m., whipping with high winds and dropping hail.

The weather service will survey the hardest-hit area, said NWS meteorologist Doug Outlaw.

“It’s going to happen today at some point once we get the logistics in order,” he said.

Some of the most serious damage appeared to center in the heavily wooded Botany Woods subdivision and near Bob Jones University, as Duke Energy reported at least 5,000 without power in that area and the red lights of emergency crews flashed and sirens sounded into the night.

By Sunday morning, about 2,000 were without power in that area, with only a handful of other outages anywhere else in Greenville County.

Traffic signals were blacked out. The Bi-Lo grocery store and McDonald’s restaurant at East North Street and Howell Road were among businesses without power.

Firefighters were directing traffic around obstacles in roads.

At least one house between Wade Hampton Boulevard and East North Street was struck by a large oak tree.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 9:15 p.m.

A Greenville County Sheriff’s Office deputy on the scene said Wade Hampton Boulevard was temporarily blocked between Greenville and Greer. The deputy said his department was responding to numerous calls for service.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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