Charleston motorists urged to use caution as high tide approaches

Charleston motorists urged to use caution as high tide approaches

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Police are urging motorists to use caution as high tide approaches.

"The forecast for continued rain with higher than normal tides, can make for dangerous driving conditions. Motorists are asked to stay aware of the weather and if warranted consider alternate plans before beginning their travel. As a reminder, travelers are asked to avoid areas of standing water," police spokesman Charles Francis said in a statement.

A flash flood watch remains in effect through this evening for several South Carolina counties including Beaufort, Charleston, Coastal Colleton, Coastal Jasper and Tidal Berkeley, with high tide expected at 11:53 a.m.

Monday morning rains led to road closures and traffic delays during the morning commute.

Charleston police say the only downtown Charleston roads that remain closed because of flooding is Ashley Avenue at Tradd Street and Colonial between Broad and Tradd streets.

The Live 5 Storm Team says drizzling rain will continue through the morning,  but it will become more widespread through the day.

A flood advisory for poor drainage areas of Charleston County issued earlier Monday morning by the National Weather Service expired at 9:30 a.m. The advisory included parts of Mt. Pleasant, Sullivans Island, Folly Beach, and downtown Charleston. 

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