UNION COUNTY — The storm that pushed Friday night’s high school football game into Saturday morning also downed trees at two locations in the Union area.
Friday’s storm was the result of what National Weather Service Meteorologist Scott Krentz said was a “back door cold front” which he described as a “weak frontal system that moved in from the north.” Krentz, who is a member of the staff of the National Weather Service station in Greer, said that instead of coming in from the west over the mountains like many of the other storm systems that normally affect the Upstate, the system that brought Friday’s storm came down the coast. He said such storm systems are more common this time of the year than at other times.
Krentz said the high pressure system pushed into the region and created a “low level convergence zone the provided lift for the thunderstorms” that developed in the area. He said that thunderstorms like the ones that passed over Union County Friday night feed off of the energy created by such zones.
As it passed through the Upstate, the system generated winds of 50-60 miles an hour, hail, lightning and heavy rain though the amount of the rain that fell varied from place to place.
Krentz said in Union County the heaviest rainfall fell in the eastern part of the county near the Chester County line with a total accumulation of 2.9 inches. The lightest rainfall was in the northwestern part of the county which Krentz said received .25 inch. In the rest of the county the amount of rainfall ranged from an inch to two inches.
The main effect of Friday’s storm was to repeatedly delay the football game between the Union County High School Yellow Jackets and the Spartanburg Vikings. The game began at 7:30 p.m., but just after the second quarter began, lightning struck and caused a two-hour delay. Lightning struck again during halftime, causing the intermission to be extended to approximately 90 minutes. The delays pushed the Friday evening game past midnight and into Saturday morning, ending at 2:25 a.m.
Despite the severity of the storm, local officials reported few problems. The City of Union Utility Department reported no outages on its system due to the storm, while Broad River Electric Cooperative reported only 100 outages, none of them in Union County.
The high winds did, however, topple trees in two locations in the county.
David Berry said that the winds toppled a tree at a residence on Hidden Hill Road in the Cherokee Estates area. He said the tree was in the front yard and was blown over but did not strike the house.
At another location, however, the storm did cause damage.
Berry said that the high winds caused part of a tree to collapse at a residence on Perrin Avenue. He said the tree was in the side yard and did not fall on the house, but did land on a pickup truck. The tree literally split in two, and Berry said it was the larger part that fell on the truck.
In addition, Berry said that the power went off several times at Welcome Baptist Church during the storm. He said that the church’s Reformers Unanimous group was meeting at the time. Berry said the power would go off for a couple of seconds and then come back on. He said it did so several times over the course of 30-45 minutes.
The thunderstorms that caused Friday night’s football game to continue into early Saturday morning also caused part of a tree to collapse on a pickup truck at a residence on Perrin Avenue.
This tree at a residence on Hidden Hill Road in the Cherokee Estates area was toppled by high winds produced by the thunderstorms that passed over Union County Friday night.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.