RIGHT NOW: Be especially aware driving; Rain stops, wind high
Rain has stopped as the sun has come out this afternoon (1:15 pm), but damaging winds are whipping through Clinton. Public Works crews are out assessing damage and responding to reports.
Clinton Department of Public Safety & Laurens County first responders worked a wreck this afternoon on Hwy 56 South. There was no rain, but the wind was gusty when a pick-up ran off the right side of the road. Entrapment was reported, and one person was transported by the emergency medical service. The narrow highway was down to one lane for a while to accommodate emergency response vehicles, but traffic was not detoured.
Rain is falling right now in Clinton (11:11 am Feb. 24) and so are large tree limbs. Two reports of large limbs down have been broadcast by central dispatch. City of Clinton crews are responding.
A flash flood warning is in effect for the Upstate through Wednesday afternoon. Early this morning, a tornado warning was issued for western Oconee County, in the western-most tip of South Carolina and north-eastern Georgia (around Toccoa) - Doppler radar saw a severe thunderstorm capable of spawning a tornado.
Power is out now at the USC-Upstate campus. Heavy rain started falling early this morning, and clearing conditions are expected Thursday and Friday.