More than 60,000 utility customers in upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina were without power as a line of storms moved through, knocking down trees and power lines.
Duke Energy reported more than 60,000 customers without power Wednesday evening, the majority in Greenville, S.C., where 25,000 were in the dark. In North Carolina, almost 11,000 customers in Jackson County and almost 7,000 in Swain County were without power.
The National Weather Service issued thunderstorm watches for 16 counties in North Carolina and three in South Carolina. It said hail up to 2 inches in diameter was possible in some areas, along with wind gusts of up to 70 mph and lightning.