CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Much of the Lowcountry remains under a Flash Flood Watch through Thursday morning because of heavy rain from Tropical Storm Julia.
The flash flood watch is in effect for Beaufort, Charleston, inland Berkeley, tidal Berkeley, Coastal Colleton, and Coastal Jasper counties.
Forecasters say periods of heavy rainfall are expected across South Carolina, with the heaviest rain expected along the South Carolina coast. As much as two to four inches with locally higher amounts of rain are possible.
The greatest risk for flooding will be if heavy rainfall coincides with high tide early Wednesday evening or around daybreak on Thursday.
Forecasters say flooding could occur quickly, especially in low-lying and poor drainage areas and warn driving could become hazardous as some area roadways could become impassable because of high water.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for coastal waters from the South Santee River to Savannah out 20 nautical miles. Forecasters say wind gusts of up to 35 knots are possible in squalls.
Tropical Storm Julia formed over the coast of northeastern Florida Tuesday night and was bringing heavy rain and flooding to the Lowcountry throughout the week as it moves north.
Authorities are advising motorists to be careful of flash flooding on roadways.
Charleston Police announced the following road closures on Wednesday:
- Ashley Avenue between Calhoun and Bennett
- Ashley from Tradd to Broad
- Rutledge between Calhoun and Bull
- Rutledge from Bennett to Calhoun
- Hagood Avenue from Fishburne to Line Street
- Washington between Laurens and Hasell
North Charleston Police announced these road closures on Wednesday:
- Dorchester Road & Admiral
- Dorchester Road & Remus
- Dorchester Road & Rivers
- Carner & St. Francis
- Carner & Jacksonville
- Carner & Meeting Street Road
- Little & Meeting Street Road
- Little & Spruill Avenue
- Meeting Street Road (lane #2 in front of Jennings Towing)
- King Street Extension & Rivers (lane #2 on Rivers Ave side of bridge)
No schools have announced class cancellations because of Tropical Storm Julia, but the Berkeley County School District issued a statement stating they were monitoring the storm and its possible impact on classes.