Severe storms leave flooded downtown Charleston streets

VIDEO: Flash flood emergency declared for downtown Charleston, roads closed
Lake Moultrie. Pic by CB Morris.
Lake Moultrie. Pic by CB Morris.
Lake Moultrie. Pic by CB Morris.
Lake Moultrie. Pic by CB Morris.
Downtown Charleston flooding. Pic by Carlyle Brown.
Downtown Charleston flooding. Pic by Carlyle Brown.

CHARLESTON, SC (AP/WCSC) - Storms that hit the Lowcountry Tuesday afternoon left several flooded streets in downtown Charleston.

It was all due to severe weather which brought a flash flood warning for Charleston and Berkeley counties, and a flash flood emergency for downtown Charleston, a first for the Holy City. A flash flood emergency consists of a severe threat to human life is imminent or ongoing, catastrophic damage is imminent or ongoing, and reliable sources confirm a tornado or flash flood.

Most of the impact could be seen throughout the downtown Charleston area where authorities announced several road closures due to flooding.

The following roads are still closed to traffic: Ashley Avenue between Bennett and Halsey, Bennett Street between Barre and Ashley Avenue, Ashley and Killian, and Sumter Street between Ashley and Fishburne.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says only one lane on Folly Road at Camp Road is open due to flooding.

According to the NWS, many cars were flooded and had been blocking some roads in downtown Charleston.

Flood waters also remained around homes and businesses late Tuesday evening.

As much as 2 to 4 inches of rain had fallen in some areas throughout the metro area since 2:30 p.m.

Areas affected by the warning included North Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, downtown Charleston, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, James Island, Sullivan's Island and the Charleston Naval Complex.

Look for a muggy night with a few isolated showers or thunderstorms with lows in the lower 70s. Some patchy fog is also possible during the late night, early morning hours.

More unsettled weather will continue into Wednesday and until the end of the week with lots of moisture in place to fire up showers and thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon.

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