Forecasters are warning that up to eight inches of rain could fall within 24 hours along much of South Carolina’s coast as a second tropical storm passes in just two weeks. Tropical Storm Colin is expected to keep its intensity as it travels over northern Florida Monday evening and reaches South Carolina shores on Tuesday morning.
Tropical storm warnings are now in effect across the coast from Georgia to Charleston County and watches are in effect for inland Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Jasper counties, as well as the coast north of Charleston. A flash flood watch is also in effect across those areas, along with much of the Midlands and Pee Dee.
A watch means conditions have the potential to worsen into a tropical storm, while a warning means the storm’s arrival is viewed as imminent by forecasters.
Forecasters are worried the intense 4-8 inches of rainfall could come during an already-high tide, leading to some costal flooding.
As of 1 pm Monday, Colin’s maximum sustained winds were around 50 mph and expected to remain steady the next two days. The storm’s center was roughly 245 miles west of Tampa and moving to the northeast.
The city of Charleston’s Public Service Department employees have been checking and clearing drains to ensure that drainage systems are operating effectively during the heavy rain.
“We are urging citizens to exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the City tonight because of the expected winds, rainfall and high tide,” Mayor John Tecklenburg said in a statement. “Be aware of your surroundings, as there is the potential for fallen tree limbs, downed power lines and dangerous flooding. And as always, avoid any travel that isn’t absolutely necessary until the storm system has passed.”