REGIONAL — Rain, glorious rain.
Union County and the surrounding Upstate region saw some of that wonderful wet stuff, finally, in the form of showers and thunderstorms — some of which were severe in areas of northwest and northcentral South Carolina — on Monday and more rain is expected today (Tuesday, July 13).
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and other locations in and surrounding Union County saw around two inches of rain — or more — fall throughout the day on Monday, according to data from the National Weather Service office at the airport.
That’s good news to a region that hasn’t seen much in the way of precipitation in the last several days and weeks.
More of the wet stuff is expected today with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms again here in Union County. The NWS is forecasting a 60 percent chance of rain, much of which could come after 5 p.m.
After today’s chances, there remains the possibility of more precipiation throughout the remainder of the week and into the weekend but the opportunities decrease to between 20-40 percent under partly cloudy skies.
The NWS forecast for Union shows that chance going through at least Monday of next week.
While Union County and the Upstate didn’t see much in the way of severe weather on Monday, according to reports from the Associated Press, an emergency management official in central South Carolina says high winds caused some damage to mobile homes and knocked down trees.
Several violent storms crossed the state, bringing warnings for heavy rains, dangerous lightning and high winds. The NWS even issued a tornado warning for Sumter County in the central part of the state in the early evening Monday.
No funnel clouds were reported, but the NWS was expecting straight line winds of more than 60 mph.
Watch The Union Daily Times later this week for a complete report on how much rain Union County received and how much of a difference it made to the dry conditions.