Sunshine could return Monday afternoon as the remnants of Tropical Storm Florence pull northward and farther from the Upstate, after bringing record-breaking rainfall to many parts of the eastern Carolinas.

There were still 558 customers without power in Spartanburg County Sunday evening and 73 in Cherokee County, according to Duke Energy’s outage map.

A flash flood warning was issued Sunday evening for McDowell and Burke counties in western North Carolina due to excessive rainfall and more rounds of locally heavy tropical showers expected Sunday night.

A flash flood watch continues in western North Carolina through Monday evening, due to heavy rain from the remnants of Florence. Flash flooding and isolated landslides were possible, according to the National Weather Service.

The World Equestrian Games at Tryon International Equestrian Center rescheduled Sunday’s competition for Monday due to the weather.

Duke Energy said there were 1.4 million total power outages in the Carolinas, and that as of early Sunday evening 404,000 remained without power. The hardest hit counties were in eastern North Carolina.

The S.C. Department of Transportation reported widespread flooding across the northern and northeastern sections of South Carolina on primary and secondary roads.

In the Upstate, the DOT reported 25 trees had been cleared from roads over the weekend.

Meanwhile, in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties, the Weather Service said there is a chance of showers until noon Monday, then gradually becoming mostly sunny with a high near 85.

Tuesday through Friday are expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. A chance of showers returns on Saturday and Sunday.

Evacuees

Late Sunday morning, Mary Ann McQueen and her boyfriend were preparing to head back to Goose Creek after evacuating to Spartanburg five days earlier.

The couple had been staying at High Point Academy, where the American Red Cross opened a shelter Friday evening.

About three weeks ago, the couple had just moved closer to the coast after McQueen’s boyfriend got a new job, but they weren’t gone long.

“He worked one day and we got evacuated,” she said.

While McQueen headed inland Tuesday after Gov. Henry McMaster enacted a mandatory evacuation, she said her 90-year-old grandmother, who she’d been staying with refused to leave. Downed power and phone lines left McQueen unable to talk to her grandmother by phone, and she said she was anxious to get back and check on her.

“She’s been through more than one storm like this,” she said. “It’s just the point I can’t get a hold of her.”

The shelter housed 16 people Saturday night, according to shelter lead Lisa Scott, nine of whom were local homeless people. Connie Rose was among the homeless who stayed at the shelter and said she was out in the open and desperate for somewhere to go Saturday night when a Spartanburg police officer picked her up and brought her to High Point Academy.

“Last night when the cop came, it opened my heart up,” she said. “And being here, one night here, it really helped me.”

The shelter was scheduled to close its doors at 7 p.m. Sunday, and Rose she said she didn’t know where she would go. Scott said volunteers at the shelter have been doing what they can to find the nine homeless people a place to stay.

“We’re just trying to meet those needs,” she said.

Chris Stierli, resident director at the Spartanburg Rescue Mission, said 36 people were at the shelter Sunday, mostly area homeless people seeking to stay dry.

“A lot of them are just grateful to be out of the rain right now,” he said.

Power outage

Earlier Sunday, a power outage forced Spartanburg Medical Center to briefly operate on backup generators.

At around 6 a.m., a tree fell on a power line on Serpentine Drive, knocking out power and causing four of five generators to kick in, said Sharon Jackson, spokeswoman for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. Regular electricity was restored at around 9 a.m., she said.

“During that outage, there was no interruption in services,” Jackson said. “Everything went well. From a storm standpoint, everything has gone well so far. We’re doing what we do every day, and we’re doing it well.”

Spartanburg County Emergency Management Director Doug Bryson said he had not received any reports of injuries or severe damage from the storm.

“It’s nothing more than summertime storms,” Bryson said Sunday afternoon. “The rain is continuing, but not nearly as severe as they predicted.”

At Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Sunday afternoon, only one flight was canceled, American Airlines Flight AA5064 from Charlotte to GSP. All other flights were on schedule, according to the airport’s website.

A flash flood warning was issued early Sunday afternoon for portions of western North Carolina by the National Weather Service.

The warning area includes northwestern Rutherford, eastern Henderson County, and western Polk counties.

The National Weather Service said locally as much as 3 or 4 inches of rain has fallen Sunday across the warned area.

Also, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Broad River near Blacksburg in Cherokee and York counties in South Carolina.

Runoff from expected heavy rain will cause the river to rise above flood stage. The warning lasts through Tuesday morning.

The flood stage is 16 feet, and the river is expected to continue to rise to near 19.4 feet by Monday morning, then fall below flood stage by Monday night.