Heavy rains and major flooding will continue along the Eastern Seaboard Friday night into Saturday as a result of Hurricane Joaquin interacting with a slow-moving cold front.
"Over 10 inches of rain have already fallen in parts of South Carolina over the past 24 hours. There have been several reports of roads closed across the Carolinas and the situation will get worse Friday night into Saturday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Mike Doll said.
Heavy rain will move into Columbia, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday night and flooding is a major concern. Street flooding and water rises on creeks and streams are likely.
"People in the Carolinas should be prepared to move to higher ground to protect life if flood waters approach their homes," Doll said. "If you are driving and come across a flooded roadway, your best option is to turn around and find an alternative route."
UPDATES: (All times are listed in Eastern Time)
11:34 p.m. Friday: Almost 1 foot of rain reported in parts of South Carolina, the National Weather Service at Wilmington, North Carolina, said.
Per mesonet obs, Little River SC: around 11" - other locations possibly seeing higher amounts as well near 12" possible #SEFlood #ncwx #scwx— NWS Wilmington NC (@NWSWilmingtonNC) October 3, 2015
11:32 p.m. Friday: Some roads have reopened but many others remain closed in Charleston, South Carolina, police said.
Road Update: The following roads are now passable: Hagood & Fishburne; Morrison & Cooper; America between South & Reid; Drake & South.— Charleston P.D. (@CharlestonPD) October 3, 2015
11:19 p.m. Friday: Evacuations reported in North Carolina.
Brunswick County is evacuating several residents from Calabash/Town of Carolina Shores to West Brunswick High shelter due to flooding #ncwx— NC Emergency Managem (@NCEmergency) October 3, 2015
11:00 p.m. Friday: Hurricane Joaquin remains a powerful Category 3 hurricane, AccuWeather meteorologists said.
10:50 p.m. Friday: Weather delays reported at Philadelphia, Newark and La Guardia airports, the FAA said.
10:45 p.m. Friday: 8.19 inches of rain have fallen at North Myrtle Beach, SC, in last 24 hours with 6.60 inches of that in the last 12 hours, Mesonet reports.