Strengthening winds and storm surge flooding have led to a slew of warnings and closures as waters continue to rise around Charleston roadways.
Wind speeds up to 72 miles per hour were recorded on Folly Beach Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Charleston County has moved to “Condition Yellow” as maximum sustained wind speeds have reached 30 miles per hour. Under this advisory, “high-profile vehicles” such as box-type trucks, tractor trailers, motor homes, and vehicles pulling trailers are asked to avoid exposed bridges and spans 65 feet or higher. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution when choosing to travel over bridges.
SCE&G is reporting almost 47,000 outages across the state, including 10,715 in Charleston County as of 11:45 a.m. (SCE&G maintains an online outage status map so you can check on what’s going on in your area.)
A flash flood warning has been issued for the Charleston area. Heavy rains and storm surge levels up to four feet coupled with high tide reaching Charleston after noon could lead to tidal crests exceeding those seen during Hurricane Matthew, which surpassed 9 feet.
An updated list of street closures in Charleston due to flooding can be found on the city’s updated map.