Flooding from rain and a significant high tide is closing roads around the Charleston area on Monday morning.
As of around 7:30 a.m., Charleston city officials had closed 26 sections of road because of flooding.
Flooded areas of Charleston included several roads in the medical district downtown, portions of Lockwood Boulevard, portions of Beaufain Street, the intersection of King and Huger streets, a part of North Market street, a part of East Bay Street, and other areas.
The Septima P. Clark Parkway, also known as the Crosstown, was open as of 8:21 a.m., but the outer lanes have some minor flooding, said Jack O’Toole, a Charleston city spokesman.
For a complete, up to date list of Charleston street closures, visit the city’s official map here.
The National Weather Service has extended its flood advisory for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and surrounding counties until 11 a.m.
“At 7:42 a.m., Doppler radar continued to indicate moderate to heavy rain moving north along the lower South Carolina coast,” the Weather Service said. “As much as 2 to 5 inches of rain has fallen in some areas since midnight. The combination of lingering impacts from high tide and the ongoing heavy rain will help produce minor flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas through late morning. Numerous roads remain closed throughout the Downtown Charleston area are due to a combination of heavy rain and high tides. Additional road closures are possible.”
A high tide of 7.64 feet occurred around 5:30 a.m., the Weather Service said.
Officials also warned to Church Creek in West Ashley could flood and urged residents of that area to monitor conditions carefully.
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As of shortly before 7:45 a.m., flooding appeared to be mostly confined to the Charleston peninsula.
The Weather Service received some isolated reports of flooding in other areas but hadn’t yet received any major reports other than in downtown, said Rebecca Davidson, a meteorologist with the agency’s Charleston office.
Rain conditions were clearing up early Monday morning but rain was expected to continue throughout the day, Davidson said.
Officials were monitoring a rain band developing south of Savannah around 7:45 a.m., but it was too soon to tell whether it would impact flooded areas around Charleston, she said.
The Weather Service’s main message to residents remains simple: Be aware of conditions, Davidson said.
In addition to concerns over flooding, officials are monitoring high surf conditions on Lowcountry beaches Monday morning.
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