The National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg is assessing storm damage in the Simpsonville area where a tornado touched down Sunday night.
NWS meteorologist Lauren Carroll said more details on the strength of the tornado and straight-line winds will be available later Monday.
About 800 Simpsonville residents in the Alder Park area remained without power Monday afternoon, according to a press release from the city.
Simpsonville Fire Chief Wesley Williams said power outages could last one to two days.
“The power will be out for a while,” Williams said in a statement. “Fire crews are working to make sure everything is safe and roadways are clear of power lines, so the power in those areas has to be cut off. People should avoid downed power lines and call 911 if they come across any.”
Simpsonville public works crews were also out Monday clearing roadways. Crews will begin clearing limbs and debris that residents put on the roadside on Wednesday, according to a city spokesman.
Part of a building collapsed on top of a car in Simpsonville after storms ripped through the area Sunday night. (Photo: Courtesy photo)
“Trees have fallen on houses, and roofs have been torn off,” Public Works Director Jay Crawford said in a statement. “Cleanup could take up to a month.”
Simpsonville Mayor Janice Curtis also issued a statement on the storm recovery Monday.
“Those residents who were affected by the storm are in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to them,” Curtis said. “The safety of our roadways and necessity for motorists to travel their normal routes are of the utmost concern to city officials.”
This is a developing story.
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The National Weather Service is assessing damage in the Simpsonville area caused by a tornado Sunday night. (Photo: Courtesy photo)
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