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Storm washes out bridge in McClellanville, around 100 isolated

Photo: 94.3 WSC's Kelly Golden captured River Road Flooding on John Island Sunday

MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - A bridge in McClellanville washed out amid Sunday’s heavy rains leaving around 100 people isolated, officials said.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said they were assisting the state’s department of transportation in the Silver Hills community after a bridge on Old Cemetery Road washed out.

Rain totals in McClellanville topped 16 inches during Sunday’s storm.

Deputies say a pedestrian bridge is accessible.

A timetable for when the bridge will be fixed or a temporary solution will be put in place has not been announced.

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VIDEO: Charleston sees major road closures and outages

Live 5's Patrick Phillips

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - As rain moves out of most of the Lowcountry, a flooding emergency is continuing in Georgetown County where the system that dumped inches of rain across the area stalled.

A flash flood warning is in effect for Georgetown County until 5:15 p.m. The National Weather Service extended for the second time a flash flood warning for Charleston and Berkeley Counties. Their warning is now set to expire at 6 p.m.

The official rainfall total at the Georgetown airport stood at 8.95 inches as of 3:30 p.m. But there were unconfirmed reports across parts of Georgetown County suggesting rainfall totals of more than 10 inches.

Georgetown County Emergency Management urged residents to avoid traveling unless it is an emergency, adding that multiple roads are flooded throughout the county. Among the roadways closed by flooding on Sunday afternoon were U.S. Highway 17 from Highmarket Street to the Sampit River Bridge and the causeways leading to the town of Pawleys Island.

The high tide reached 9.2 feet in Charleston Sunday, the highest non-tropical tide ever recorded. It is also higher than the level reported during Hurricanes Matthew and Idalia and is the fourth-highest recorded overall.

A flash flood warning for Colleton County expired at 3 p.m. All three counties were initially placed under the warning through 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

An earlier tornado warning for the northern part of Charleston County expired at 11:45 a.m. The National Weather Service issued that warning after radar spotted a severe thunderstorm with roration near Cape Romain.

Flooding closed a portion of Highway 17 headed to the Ashley River Bridges Sunday afternoon.

Road closures, power outages reported

Charleston Police say more than three dozen roads are closed or at risk of being closed downtown because of flooding. The roads closed because of flooding as of just before 11 a.m. include:

Ashley Avenue - Between Calhoun Street and Broad Street

Barre Street - Between Calhoun Street and Broad Street

Beaufain Street - Between Lockwood Drive and Pitt Street

Bennett Street - Between Barre Street and Rutledge Avenue

Bull Street - Between Barre Street and Rutledge Avenue

Calhoun Street - Between Courtenay and Pitt Street

Gadsden Street - Between Calhoun Street and Beaufain Street

Montagu Street - Between Barre Street and Rutledge Avenue

Ogier Street - At Calhoun Street

Wentworth Street - Between Barre Street and Rutledge Avenue

As of 2:30 p.m., Dominion Energy reported just under 2,000 outages in Charleston County. It reported nearly 640 outages near Dewees Island, just under 430 on the Charleston peninsula and another 255 on Johns Island. Dominion also reported almost 700 without power in Colleton County.

The Berkeley Electric Cooperative reported another 396 offline in Charleston County while Coastal Electric Cooperative reported 89 of its electric customers without power in Colleton County.

Rainfall totals exceed four inches across Lowcountry

The Lowcountry quickly reached the 2 to 3 inches of rain initially forecast from the storm by early Sunday afternoon.

Downtown Charleston recorded 4.65 inches of rain. Folly Beach recorded 5.14 inches, with James Island reporting 5.82 inches and Mount Pleasant topping the 6-inch mark at 6.38 inches.

Awendaw recoded 6.48 inches while the Isle of Palms showed 6.75 inches of rain.

Doppler radar has tracked moderate to heavy rainfall with a few thunderstorms across much of the lower South Carolina coast.

The combination of heavy rainfall and tide levels likely reaching the major category in Charleston Harbor will result in an enhanced risk for both fresh water and saltwater flooding for locations along the immediate coast, Charleston Harbor and any other major waterways such as the Cooper, Wando and Ashley Rivers.

Flooding may also develop along Church Creek in West Ashley.

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