Morning rain likely just the start

jholleman@thestate.comFebruary 26, 2013 

— The early morning rain today likely is just the start. The convergence of low pressure systems might even bring thunderstorms and high winds to South Carolina in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy rain in poor draining areas caused minor street flooding in the Columbia area and major street flooding in the low-lying areas of Charleston that typically flood. But creeks that often flood during heavy rain in Columbia didn’t come close to overflowing their banks during the morning.

As of 11 a.m., the rainfall totals were 1.21 inches at Columbia, 1.36 at Greenville-Spartanburg, 1.09 at Augusta, .96 at Charleston, .83 at Orangeburg and .40 at North Myrtle Beach.

But in a sign of what could come in other areas of the state, Beaufort was swamped with more than two inches in three hours to push its total to 3.15 inches by 11 a.m.

The system could straddle the I-20 and I-95 corridor later today.

Joey Holleman

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