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Hail hits parts of Upstate

COLUMBIA -- Storms brought hail Friday night to several South Carolina counties, including York and Chester, but no major damage or injuries had been reported.

Severe thunderstorms began developing after 6 p.m. Hail was reported in Chester, York, Oconee and McCormick counties.

The National Weather Service issued several tornado warnings, including two in York and Lancaster counties around 9 p.m., but no twisters were reported.

About 500 people were without power late Friday along Cel-River and Sturgis roads, according to York Electric Cooperative spokesman Marc Howie.

Duke Energy was reporting about 70 outages in the area, most in Chester County, according to its Web site. At the peak of the storms, about 1,500 people statewide were without power.

A tornado watch was issued Friday night for all of the state west of Interstate 95.

The weather service says more severe thunderstorms are possible today.

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