FIRST ALERT: Coastal flood warning, high rip current risk in effect Monday

VIDEO: Coastal flood advisory, high rip current risk in effect Monday

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Flooding prompted authorities in Charleston to close several downtown roads Monday afternoon.

  • The following roads are closed as of shortly before 2 p.m., according to Charleston Police:
  • Lockwood Boulevard and Broad Streets, from Halsey to Ashley
  • Washington (From Laurens to Hasell)
  • SC-61 at U.S. 17 (at the Ashley River Bridge split)
  • Hagood (From Fishburne to Line)
  • South Battery (From East Battery to Meeting)
  • Wentworth (from Lockwood to Gadsden)
  • Barre (From Montagu to Beaufain)

A coastal flood warning remains in effect Monday until 3 p.m. The National Weather Service said one to two feet of inundation above ground level is expected along shorelines and tidal waterways.

The warning is in effect for Beaufort, Coastal Colleton and Charleston Counties.

Live 5 Meteorologist Joey Sovine said properties may also flood around the time of high tide which is 11:57 a.m. Saltwater inundation will be possible two to three hours before and after high tide.

Authorities warn drivers to never drive around barricades on closed streets or through water of unknown depth.

There is also a high risk of rip currents in the area through Monday night. Forecasters say rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from the shore into deeper water. Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water because of dangerous surf conditions. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don’t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.

A high surf advisory is also in effect until 5 p.m. Monday because of large breaking waves of five to seven feet in the surf zone.

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