UNION COUNTY — Thunderstorms that passed through Union County Sunday and Monday evenings toppled trees and caused power outages throughout the county.
Officials with Broad River Electric Cooperative, Lockhart Power, and the City of Union Utility Department said that all their systems experienced outages caused by the storms.
Broad River Electric
BREC Manger of Member Communications and Programs Josh Crotzer said that on Sunday, the Broad River system which serves Union, Spartanburg and Cherokee counties experienced some 300 outages including a few dozen in Union County. He said those outages were brief in duration with power being quickly restored.
On Monday, however, Crotzer said there were outages all over the system with Spartanburg and Union counties being more affected than Cherokee County. Crotzer said there were close to 1,000 outages including 550 in Union County. He said the outages were all over Union County in Jonesville, Buffalo, down Eaves Road, and in the Maybinton area.
The outages began when the storm began passing over the county around 7 p.m. Monday. Crotzer said that BREC crews worked for approximately 12 hours restoring power, finishing up by around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. He said the last area to have power restored was Mudbridge Road.
City Of Union
City of Union Utility Director Joe Nichols said that Sunday’s storm did not cause a lot of damage with the most of the damage occurring in the Buffalo Community and some around Foster Park. He said the power outages were caused by tree limbs and trees falling on power lines.
While Sunday’s storm caused more outages throughout the city, Nichols said there were sporadic in nature and not concentrated in one particular area. He said that the cause was again trees and tree limbs falling on power lines and, in some cases, houses.
Nichols said that city crews went out out at 7 p.m. Monday to being working to restore power and did not finish until 5 a.m. Tuesday. He said that during that time they focused on restoring power and went back out Tuesday to clear away broken poles and fallen lines.
As of Tuesday morning, Nichols said three residences were still without power because there were trees laying on top of the buildings.
Lockhart Power Chief Operating Officer Byran Stone said that Sunday’s storm caused two sets of outages. Stone said that one was in the Jonesville area around 3 p.m. with a total of 300 outages caused by lightning. He said the other was in the Kelly area with a total of 100 outages caused by trees blown down by the high winds. Power in the Jonesville area was restored within an hour and a half and in the Kelly area within two to three hours.
The National Weather Service in Greer website (www.weather.gov/gsp) forecast the following weather for Union County for the remainder of this week.
Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2 a.m., then isolated showers. Patchy fog after 5 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Northeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Patchy fog before 8 a.m. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southwest wind around 6 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. West wind 5 to 7 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
Sunny, with a high near 96.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7 p.m. and midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 95.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.