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REPORTS: Heavy Rains Cause Serious Flooding in Charleston, South Carolina

Heavy rains and major flooding continues to threaten lives and property around the Carolinas.

This is a compilation of storm reports from 10:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 to 12 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. For live updates of the ongoing rain and flooding situation across the Carolinas, click here.


9:39 a.m. Sunday: Irmo, South Carolina, Fire District is very busy with multiple water rescues and evacuations.

9:23 a.m. Sunday: Columbia, South Carolina Fire Department reports that several dams have breached around the Columbia, South Carolina area.

9:09 a.m. Sunday: Cars stranded in flooded waters in southeastern Columbia, South Carolina.

8:46 a.m. Sunday: Water rescues taking place in Columbia, South Carolina.

8:35 a.m. Sunday: South Carolina Department of Transportation reports 94 roads and bridges closed across the state due to flooding.

8:29 a.m. Sunday: Major flooding on roads in Columbia, South Carolina.

8:25 a.m. Sunday: A building in Columbia, South Carolina has partially collapsed.

7:59 a.m. Sunday: Charleston Area Transportation Authority services remain suspended to at least 12 p.m. Sunday.

7:50 a.m. Sunday Heavy rain has been reported non-stop at the Columbia Metro Airport, South Carolina, since 9:38 p.m. EDT Saturday.

7:30 a.m. Sunday: Gills Creek at Columbia, South Carolina, rapidly increased from 10.43 feet at 4 a.m. to a major flood stage of 17.08 feet at 7 a.m. The current flood level shatters the previous record high stage of 9.43 feet from July 24, 1997.

7:26 a.m. Sunday: A civil emergency message from South Carolina Emergency Management urges people to remain safely where they are due to the flooding across the state.

6:45 a.m. Sunday: A storm total accumulation of 24.23 inches has fallen near Boone Hall Planta, South Carolina, northeast of Charleston. Over 13 inches of rain has fallen since 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

6:29 a.m. Sunday: American Red Cross crews arriving into Columbia, South Carolina to help flood victims.

6:28 a.m. Sunday: Columbia, South Carolina, received 3.57 inches of rain on Saturday, breaking the old record of 2.59 inches set in 1927.

6:24 a.m. Sunday: Interstate 95 closed in Clarendon County between mile markers 100 and 132, Clarendon County Fire Department reports.

5:51 a.m. Sunday: Numerous roads across Williamsburg County, South Carolina, impassable due to flooding, 911 reports.

5:30 a.m. Sunday: Highway 45 is closed near St. Stephen due to the road being washed out, 911 Call Center reports.

5:28 a.m. Sunday: Columbia, South Carolina, firefighters are very busy with water rescues early on Sunday.

5:08 a.m. Sunday: 10.08 inches of rain have fallen since midnight on Sunday on Gills Creek, northeast of Columbia, South Carolina, Richland County officials said.

4:54 a.m. Sunday: Power outages increase across South Carolina.

4:52 a.m. Sunday:Hurricane Joaquin remains a Category 3 storm. Hurricane conditions expected in Bermuda during Sunday afternoon and evening, AccuWeather meteorologists said.

4:38 a.m. Sunday: Heavy rain pounds Berkeley County, South Carolina.

4:30 a.m. Sunday: More than 100 people rescued after flash flooding near Ladson, South Carolina, Dorchester County Emergency Management officials reported.

4:09 a.m. Sunday: Rain band moving north-northeast of Charleston, South Carolina, and intensifying as it moves through Columbia, AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said.

4:00 a.m. Sunday: Numerous roads remain closed across South Carolina.

3:55 a.m. Sunday: 7.76 inches of rain has fallen since midnight on Sunday at Wateree, South Carolina, Richland County officials report.

3:40 a.m. Sunday: Power crews continue work in difficult conditions to restore service in South Carolina.

3:26 a.m. Sunday: Rocky Ranch Creek in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, is out of its banks, law enforcement reports.

3:23 a.m. Sunday: Severe flooding continues in Charleston, South Carolina.

3:18 a.m. Sunday: Heavy rain falling in Columbia, South Carolina.

3:01 a.m. Sunday: 5.53 inches of rain in 3 hours at Wateree, South Carolina, southeast of Columbia, Richmond County officials report.

2:46 a.m. Sunday: 72-hour rainfall totals from Thursday, Oct. 1 to Saturday, Oct. 3.

Storm Total Rainfall: Thursday, Oct. 1 Through Saturday, Oct. 3 (May contain missing rainfall amounts)
City, State

Amount (Inches)

City, State

Amount (Inches)

Mount Pleasant, S.C.

15.60

Jacksonville, N.C.

4.66

Charleston, S.C.

14.48

Fayetteville, N.C.

4.59

Moncks Corner, S.C.

9.39

Hoffman, N.C.

4.58

North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

8.41

Stumpy Point, N.C.

4.52

Elizabethtown, N.C.

7.69

Cherry Point, N.C.

4.52

Orangeburg, S.C.

6.24

Wadesboro, N.C.

4.44

Manning, S.C.

5.65

Darlington, S.C.

4.17

Whiteville, N.C.

5.60

Ocean City, Md.

4.14

Florence, S.C.

5.20

Washington, N.C.

4.06

Norfolk, Va.

5.08

New Bern, N.C.

4.05

Sumter, S.C.

5.01

Rockingham, N.C.

3.97

Wilmington, N.C.

4.71

Fentress, Va.

3.96

2:38 a.m. Sunday: Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, broke its Oct. 3 rain record with 2.99 inches. The old record was 0.77 inches, set in 1961.

2:29 a.m. Sunday: Power outages continue in South Carolina.

2:24 a.m. Sunday: Vehicles submerged under water at a Charleston apartment complex, WCIV-TV reported.

2:00 a.m. Sunday: Out-of-state assistance coming to South Carolina for water rescues, the state Emergency Management Division said.

1:55 a.m. Sunday: Hurricane Joaquin weakens to a strong Category 3 hurricane, AccuWeather meteorologists said.

1:23 a.m. Sunday: Charleston International Airport breaks its all-time daily rainfall record with 11.50 inches on Saturday, Oct. 3. The old record was 10.52 inches on Sept. 21, 1998.

1:00 a.m. Sunday: Radar estimates show up to 4 inches of rain per hour falling northwest of Charleston.

12:49 a.m. Sunday: Flash Flood Emergency issued for Charleston and Berkeley counties in South Carolina, the National Weather Service in Charleston reported.

12:46 a.m. Sunday: About 3,400 electric customers in the Charleston area are without service, utilities report.

12:42 a.m. Sunday: A dam failure is possible in Calhoun County, South Carolina, the National Weather Service at Columbia said.

12:40 a.m. Sunday: Water rescues and flooding occurring in parts of Orangeburg County, South Carolina.

12:19 a.m. Sunday: Flooded vehicles reported in Charleston.

12:16 a.m. Sunday Dorchester County, South Carolina, officials said they are focusing on rescue operations at this time. The county does not have sandbags available to residents.

12:09 a.m. Sunday: Flash-flood emergency issued for parts of Dorchester County as a result of severe flooding and numerous water rescues, the National Weather Service at Charleston said.

11:49 p.m. Saturday: 1.89 inches of rain fell in 1 hour at Mount Pleasant Regional-Faison Field, South Carolina, Mesonet reports.

11:41 p.m. Saturday: Numerous water rescues reported in South Carolina on Saturday night, said South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Bob Beres.

11:37 p.m. Saturday: Water rescues occurring in Dorchester County, South Carolina, emergency management reports.

11:18 p.m. Saturday: Radar estimates show up to 2.5 inches of rain are falling per hour north of Charleston, AccuWeather meteorologists said.

11:00 p.m. Saturday: Power outages continue across South Carolina.

10:58 p.m. Saturday: Hurricane Joaquin remains a dangerous Category 4 hurricane, AccuWeather meteorologists said.

10:47 p.m. Saturday: Water rescues continue around the Charleston area.

10:40 p.m. Saturday: More than 3,400 SCE&G customers in Charleston County are without power, the utility reports.

10:30 p.m. Saturday: Numerous flooding-related calls reported in Charleston County, South Carolina.

10:25 p.m. Saturday: Man's best friend having problems navigating the flooding in Charleston.

10:23 p.m. Saturday: Flooding situation in Charleston "worst we've ever seen," residents tell AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Sullivan.

10:20 p.m. Saturday: 2.06 inches of rain fell in 1 hour at Charleston Air Force Base, Mesonet reports.

10:16 p.m. Saturday: Flooding inundates Charleston, South Carolina.

10:13 p.m. Saturday: The Associated Press is reporting that three people have died in South Carolina weather-related vehicle incidents since the storm began.

9:55 p.m. Saturday: People are reminded that they should not play in flood waters. Doing so may lead to infections, injuries or even drowning.

9:37 p.m. Saturday: Charleston, South Carolina has received more rain on Saturday than Las Vegas has received since the start of 2013!

9:03 p.m. Saturday: 2.95 inches of rain fell in just 50 minutes near Shadowmoss, South Carolina, according to NWS employee. Shadows is located just northwest of Charleston.

8:54 p.m. Saturday: Mesonet stations around Charleston, South Carolina are recording wind speeds between 50 mph and 60 mph.

8:39 p.m. Saturday: Winds in Ocean City, Maryland have blown some of the sand from the beach to the boardwalk.

8:20 p.m. Saturday: Wind-whipped rain will continue across parts of South Carolina throughout the night.

8:07 p.m. Saturday: Torrential downpours continue to create flooding issues for portions of South Carolina.

7:55 p.m. Saturday: Rough seas were experienced as far north as New England.

7:05 p.m. Saturday: Road closures reported across North Carolina.

6:42 p.m. Saturday: Significant beach erosion has occurred along parts of the New Jersey Coast.

6:33 p.m. Saturday: SCDOT reports 74 road closures and 13 bridge closures across the state due to flooding.

6:19 p.m. Saturday: Some roads are impassible due to high water, like this one in North Carolina.

5:52 p.m. Saturday: Some flights arriving at Newark International Airport are being delayed over an hour due to winds, according to the FAA.

5:41 p.m. Saturday: 24-hour rainfall totals across the Carolinas, ending at 5 p.m. EDT Saturday.

City, State Rainfall (inches)
Charleston, SC 7.02
Mount Pleasant, SC 6.55
Elizabethtown, NC 4.72
Sumter, SC 4.33
Darlington, SC 3.96
Wadesboro, NC 3.88
Myrtle Beach, SC 3.73
Fayetteville, NC 3.39

5:29 p.m. Saturday: Sand dunes are starting to crumble at some beaches in New Jersey, including Ortley Beach.

5:00 p.m. Saturday: The NASCAR Xfinity series race in Dover, Delaware is under a rain delay. NASCAR has deployed the Air Titans to dry the track.

4:44 p.m. Saturday: Streets are under water in James Island, South Carolina, just south of Charleston.

4:21 p.m. Saturday: Flood waters are making travel extremely difficult in Charleston, SC.

4:11 p.m. Saturday: Three fatalities have been confirmed in South Carolina since Friday by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

4:05 p.m. Saturday: President Obama has signed an emergency declaration for South Carolina, ordering federal aid to help response efforts in the areas affected by the severe storms and flooding.

3:57 p.m. Saturday: Strong winds caused a tree to fall down across Highway 68 in North Carolina, forcing a traffic backup.

3:50 p.m. Saturday: The tide at Charleston, South Carolina, reached 8.2 feet. The previous highest tide, not including Hurricane Hugo in 1989, was 8.11 feet on June 22, 2009.

the highest it has been since Hurricane Hugo on June 22, 2009 when the tide reached 8.11 feet.

3:21 p.m. Saturday: Dorchester County Council in South Carolina declared a state of emergency this afternoon with a curfew in place from 6 p.m. EDT this evening until 7 a.m. EDT Sunday due to flooding and numerous impassable roads.

3:10 p.m. Saturday: Around 4,000 South Carolina Electric & Gas Company customers are without power, the utility reported.

2:40 p.m. Saturday: The final practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been cancelled due to weather.

2:22 p.m. Saturday: Rough sea and high waves leading to beach erosion in Harvey Cedars, New Jersey.

2:03 p.m. Saturday: A band of rain continues to ride up the border of Georgia and South Carolina. Radar estimate indicates that this band has dropped an inch of rain in the last hour.

1:00 p.m. Saturday: High tide is about to peak in Charleston Harbor. The combination of tides between two feet above normal and the area already inundated with flood waters will further worsen the situation.

12:36 p.m. Saturday: Many roads are closed in Charleston due to flooding, Charleston police said.

12:28 p.m. Saturday: Flood waters continue to rise in Charleston, South Carolina.

11:35 a.m. Saturday: Major flooding inundates streets in Charleston, South Carolina.

10:53 a.m. Saturday: A rainfall report received by the Citizen Weather Observer Program indicates that 16 inches fell one mile north of Little River, South Carolina. If deemed official, that would be a new 24-hour rainfall record for South Carolina. Nearby Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, currently holds the record when 14.80 inches poured down during Hurricane Floyd on Sept. 16, 1999.

10:31 a.m. Saturday: Flooding prompts Red Cross South Carolina to open shelters.

10:26 a.m. Saturday:A ramp near Cherry Grove, South Carolina, north of Myrtle Beach is beginning to erode.

9:10 a.m. Saturday:A good reminder of the power of flood waters. It takes just six inches of fast-moving water to knock over an adult, while it takes just 12 inches to carry away a small car. Two feet of swift-moving water can sweep away most vehicles.

8:33 a.m. Saturday: Charleston Area Transportation Authority temporarily suspended due to flooding and multiple road closures.

8:27 a.m. Saturday: Local law enforcement reports flood waters entering homes in Charleston, South Carolina.

8:14 a.m. Saturday: Despite the ongoing flooding, the Charleston Police Department reports that no one has sustained injuries.



8:07 a.m Saturday: Several water rescues in progress around downtown Charleston, South Carolina, emergency management reports.

7:56 a.m. Saturday: "It's like the Southeast's version of the Pineapple Express," stated AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson in regards to the steady stream of moisture from Hurricane Joaquin pouring into the Carolinas and leading to persistent heavy rainfall.

7:45 a.m. Saturday: Local law enforcement reports that all roads continue to be closed coming into the city and peninsula of Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday morning.

7:40 a.m. Saturday: Flood waters inundates a road in Charleston, South Carolina.

7:27 a.m. Saturday: Another rainfall record falls in Charleston, South Carolina. A total of 3.46 inches has fallen so far Saturday morning, breaking the previous record of 3.28 inches from 1994.

7:24 a.m. Saturday: A daily rainfall record has already been set at Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina. The 0.87 of an inch of rain through 7:15 a.m. EDT breaks the previous record of 0.77 of an inch from 1961 with much more rain expected through the rest of this weekend.

7:00 a.m. Saturday: 48-hour rainfall totals across the East Coast through Friday, Oct. 2.

Rainfall Totals: Thursday, Oct. 1 Through Friday, Oct. 2
City, State Amount (inches) City, State Amount (inches)
Mount Pleasant, S.C. 8.90 New Bern, N.C. 3.76
N. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 8.31 Hampton, Va. 4.01
Elizabethtown, N.C. 7.49 Oak Island, N.C. 3.86
Whiteville, N.C. 4.67 Manteo, N.C. 3.83
Norfolk, Va. 4.63 Ocean City, Md. 3.80
Fayetteville, N.C. 4.62 Fentress, Va. 3.79
Charleston, S.C. 4.51 Clinton, N.C. 3.62
Jacksonville, N.C. 4.44 Oceana, Va. 3.80
Cherry Point, N.C. 4.42 Florence, S.C. 3.54
Wilmington, N.C. 4.40 Hoffman, N.C. 3.52
Stumpy Point, N.C. 4.05 Sanford, N.C. 3.47
Washington, N.C. 4.03 Brunswick, Ga. 3.38

6:49 a.m. Saturday: US 17N closed trying to head to downtown Charleston at the Folly Rd. intersection in West Ashley.

6:47 a.m. Saturday: Black Creek near Quinby, South Carolina, expected to rise to a moderate flood stage on Sunday and may rise to a record level early next week, according to the National Weather Service.

6:29 a.m. Saturday: Coastal flooding ongoing along the Maryland, Delaware and Virginia beaches.

6:28 a.m. Saturday: The National Weather Service in Charleston, South Carolina, issued a coastal flood warning from 10 a.m. Saturday morning to 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon for Charleston County.

6:11 a.m. Saturday: The Charleston Peninsula is closed to all traffic Saturday morning, NWS Charleston, South Carolina reports. Local law enforcement reported significant flooding with water starting to approach homes in the Shadow Moss area in West Ashley.

6:04 a.m. Saturday: Charleston Firetruck driving down a flooded roadway.

5:56 a.m. Saturday: Wilmington, North Carolina, received 3.82 inches of rain on Friday, breaking the old record of 2.16 inches set in 1891.

5:48 a.m. Saturday: Flooding ongoing in Charleston, South Carolina.

5:19 a.m. Saturday: More roads are closed in Charleston due to flooding, Charleston police said.

5:18 a.m. Saturday: 5.5 inches of rain fell in 9 hours near Johns Island, South Carolina, NWS trained spotter reported.

5:14 a.m. Saturday: An apartment complex was evacuated in Georgetown, South Carolina, emergency management reported.

5:06 a.m. Saturday: A new rain band moving onshore may bring up to 1 inch per hour in Charleston, AccuWeather Meteorologist Ed Vallee said.

4:54 a.m. Saturday: Many secondary roads are still impassable due to flash flooding in Charleston, South Carolina, city police said.

4:52 a.m. Saturday: Power outages reported near Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, Darlington County Sheriff's Office said.

4:40 a.m. Saturday: Hurricane Joaquin remains a Category 3 hurricane as the system pulls away from the Bahamas, AccuWeather meteorologists said.

4:22 a.m. Saturday: 0.96 inches of rain fell in 1 hour at the Charleston Executive Airport, Mesonet reports.

4:17 a.m. Saturday: Flash flooding becoming a major problem in Charleston County, South Carolina.

4:02 a.m. Saturday: About 10,000 Duke Energy customers are without power in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, the utility reported.

4:00 a.m. Saturday: Washed-out roadway in Darlington County, South Carolina.

3:55 a.m. Saturday: 0.96 inches of rain in 1 hour, 5 miles north of Denmark, South Carolina, Mesonet reports.

3:50 a.m. Saturday: Rain band moving onshore may bring up to 2 inches an hour, southwest of Charleston, South Carolina, AccuWeather Meteorologist Ed Vallee said.

3:15 a.m. Saturday: 1.14 inches of rain fell in 1 hour at Elizabethtown, North Carolina, Mesonet reports.

3:10 a.m. Saturday: Record rainfall on Friday in Raleigh, North Carolina.

3:07 a.m. Saturday: More than 12,200 North Carolina power customers are without service as a result of storms, utilities report.

2:48 a.m. Saturday: More road closings have occurred in Charleston, South Carolina, police said.

2:17 a.m. Saturday: More heavy rain bands are moving into Charleston, South Carolina, with rainfall rates approaching 1 inch per hour, AccuWeather Meteorologist Ed Vallee said.

2:08 a.m. Saturday: Flooded roads in and around Asheboro, North Carolina, law enforcement reports.

2:01 a.m. Saturday: Hurricane Joaquin remains a powerful Category 3 hurricane and is moving away from the Bahamas, AccuWeather meteorologists said.

1:56 a.m. Saturday: A small landslide blocked one lane of Old Highway 10 near Marion, North Carolina, emergency management reported.

1:54 a.m. Saturday: More than 15,000 Duke Energy customers in the Carolinas are without lights as a result of storms, the utility reported.

1:40 a.m. Saturday: Horry County, South Carolina, firefighters were busy with water rescues Friday night as a result of a dam/levee failure in the Little River area, WMBF-TV in Myrtle Beach reported.

1:25 a.m. Saturday: Flash flooding continues to be a problem in Darlington County, South Carolina.

1:20 a.m. Saturday: Heavy rain fell over the Carolinas on Friday.

24-Hour Rainfall Totals (as of 12 a.m. EDT Saturday)

City
Rain (in inches)
North Myrtle Beach, SC
10.41
Longs, SC
9.69
Sunset Beach, NC
8.24
Oriental, NC
5.64

1:05 a.m. Saturday: 1 inch of rain fell in 1 hour, 8 miles south-southwest of Chesterfield, South Carolina, Mesonet reports.

12:50 a.m. Saturday: Heavier rain band moving into the Charlotte, North Carolina, area with rainfall rates approaching 2 inches per hour.

12:44 a.m. Saturday: Flooding closes streets in Darlington and Hartsville, South Carolina, the Darlington County Sheriff's Office reports.

12:30 a.m. Saturday: 2.44 inches of rain in 3 hours at Santee Coastal Reserve, South Carolina, Mesonet reports.

12:22 a.m. Saturday: Flooding continues in Charleston.

12:20 a.m. Saturday: New road closures around Charleston, South Carolina.

12:01 a.m. Saturday: Trees felled by storm are causing issues in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area.

11:50 p.m. Friday: Flooding continues in North Carolina.

11:46 p.m. Friday: The GOES-East infrared satellite view shows moisture from Hurricane Joaquin interacting with a slow-moving cold front.

11:42 p.m. Friday: More than 5,400 Duke Energy customers are without lights in the Carolinas, the utility reported.

11:39 p.m. Friday: Significant flooding reported in Whiteville, North Carolina, emergency officials said.

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.

11:32 p.m. Friday: Some roads have reopened but many others remain closed in Charleston, South Carolina, police said.

11:19 p.m. Friday: Evacuations reported in North Carolina.

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, South Carolina, in last 24 hours with 6.60 inches of that in the last 12 hours, Mesonet reports.