Friday wind gusts cause many trees down 

Published 1:01 pm Tuesday, April 30, 2019

One man injured when tree fell while he was on tractor 


GREEN CREEKThe area saw high winds on Friday afternoon and with the wet conditions this season, many trees came down, one injuring a man.  

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Officials responded to a tree that fell in Green Creek and injured a man on a farm tractor.  

The tree did not fall directly on the man, according to reports, but he was injured when it fell. The tree fell around 4 p.m. Friday. The man was transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. His exact injuries were unknown as of press time.  

Polk County Fire Marshal Bobby Arledge said Friday’s winds got as high as 35 mph gusts and with the rainfall the area has seen lately, tons of trees fell all over the county.  

“There were a ton of trees down,” Arledge said on Monday. “Several had power lines involved so there were a handful of power outages.”  

This week is expected to be the hottest temperatures of the year so far. Tuesday is forecasted to be a high of 87 degrees and a low of 63 degrees, with Wednesday having a high of 85 degrees and a low of 62 degrees. There are slight chances of rain through the week with a 50 percent chance of rain and afternoon thunderstorms on Saturday. High temperatures will remain in the 80s through next Thursday, May 9. Winds are predicted to be low over the next couple of weeks, between 8 and 10 mph.  

April has already seen 4.4 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.  

March received 5.76 inches of rain, according to the NWS. The normal for March and April are 5.76 inches and 4.58 inches respectively, so the last two months have seen just under normal rainfall.