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Persistent Rains Slam South Carolina Flash Floods

22 Sep 2015, 4:59 pm

SCFloodFrom law enforcement offices in the downtown area: “COLUMBIA POLICE REPORTED FLOODING OF THE ROCKY BRANCH CREEK AT WHALEY STREET AND MAIN STREET. SIGNIFICANT STREET FLOODING.”

From emergency management: ” RICHLAND COUNTY EM REPORTED FLOODING ON SEVERAL STREETS IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA. THIS INCLUDED HARDEN, ROSEWOOD, LYON, AND CALHOUN STREETS.”

These were the reports coming in last night, when a batch of storms dropped 1.75″ of rain in less than 2 hours. Most of it came into the southern half of Columbia. Yesterday, the rain report that came in from Hamilton-Owens Airport was 1.83″ (located south of downtown) and from Columbia Metro Airport was 0.22″ (located southwest of city). Those rains came down around 9 pm EDT, and there was some showers that came afterwards, during the early morning hours, were light and scattered.

The storms that brought those rains were associated with a disturbance off the coast of the Carolinas. It was being monitored by the National Hurricane Center earlier, and has a very, very small chance of developing into anything organized. But nonetheless, coastal areas of North and South Carolina could see 1-3″ of rain over the next few days.

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