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Rain slows down evening commute for Lowcountry drivers

Crosstown already flooding. Crosstown already flooding.
City workers clear out storm drains on America Street . City workers clear out storm drains on America Street .
Bee Street flooding Bee Street flooding

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - As steady and sometimes heavy rain falls across the Lowcountry, many drivers are trying to head home.

There aren't any major traffic problems to report, but the rain is slowing down the evening commute.

After a record amount of rain early this week, the region is dealing with a tropical system of heavy rain and winds. A disorganized storm system expected to march through the Carolinas late Wednesday has the potential to bring locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding to parts of the Lowcountry.

The potential for heavy rainfall has prompted the NWS to issue a flash flood watch Wednesday morning that will be in effect through Friday morning. The system could bring 2-4 inches of rain by Thursday morning.

Tropical Storm Nicole was downgraded back to a tropical depression at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The storm quickly developed in the Caribbean earlier this week, hitting Cuba and it now passes southeastern Florida. The rain falling in the Lowcounty now is actually ahead of the tropical system, which is still by Florida.

The City of Charleston was ready for more flooding Wednesday as crews hit the streets. A public works crew on America Street spent the day cleaning out storm drains, removing debris and anything else that could clog the drains.

If you live in the city and need help removing debris from your drainage system, call 724-7367.

Street and low area flooding will be the main threat in downtown Charleston and other flood prone areas. The peak of the heavy rain is expected to be around the rush hour time Wednesday evening.

The City of Charleston issued a statement Tuesday afternoon stating officials were preparing for more heavy rain and flooding.

"The City of Charleston works year round to be prepared as possible for weather-related emergencies. We will monitor this event and keep our residents informed of any issues they may need to know. Stay tuned to our local weather and be prepared," said Mayor Joe Riley.

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