Downtown Charleston streets re-open following after high tide

Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 5:05 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 8, 2021 at 12:35 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - Downtown Charleston streets that were closed due to high tide have been re-opened. Monday is the sixth day in a row a coastal flood advisory is in effect for the coast.

The advisory remained in effect until 1 p.m. for Coastal Colleton and Charleston Counties. It expired at noon for coastal Georgetown County.

The Sunday high tide in Charleston Harbor reached 8.51 feet, which is the 10th highest level in the century of recording at that site.

The National Weather Service said a strong storm off the southeast coast combined with periodic higher tides caused coastal flooding approaching levels rarely seen outside of hurricanes in the Charleston and Savannah areas.

The flooding closed a number of roads but did not cause major damage. Meteorologists say it is happening more frequently with rising sea levels caused by global warming.

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