CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Heavy rains from Hurricane Matthew are bringing some of the highest tides on record along the South Carolina coast. The National Weather Service in Charleston reports that a tide of 8.8 feet above mean low water early Saturday tied the third-highest on record.
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A tide of more than 11 feet at Fort Pulaski near Savannah was the second-highest on record.
Streets and intersections in Charleston are flooded and online video shows the rains and winds buffeting the vintage aircraft atop the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum on Charleston Harbor.
Curfews expire at dawn for many communities in the Charleston area but officials are urging people to stay inside because of the flooded roads and downed power lines. In some cases, downed power lines may not be visible because they could be under water in flooded streets and yards.
Mount Pleasant Police Inspector Chip Googe said officers were on patrol throughout the community and have been encountering people wandering around.
"We don't want people to dry to drive through water because they can't see the roads, we don't want people out and about if power lines were to come down," Googe said. "Our focus is to make sure people stay home and not to come out and see what's going on. It's still too dangerous."
Derrec Becker with the South Carolina Emergency Preparedness Division said Saturday morning people need to stay inside and not try to get on the roads.
Becker says roads are flooded and officials have seen "water go where it shouldn't."
More than 215,000 electric customers are without power across the state, most along the coast.
Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to give an update on the situation in South Carolina at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Rain was falling across all but the northwestern corner of the state early Saturday. Hurricane force winds gusts of 81 mph were reported at Hilton Head Island with gusts of 65 mph in the Beaufort area.