Rains top two inches in most of Midlands and Upstate

April 29, 2013 

The weather system that plodded through the state during the weekend dumped 2 to 4 inches of rain in the Midlands and Upstate.

The heaviest rainfall came along the I-20 corridor. One gauge in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network registered 4.15 inches near Ridgeway. Others topped 3 inches in Winnsboro and Aiken.

Through Monday afternoon, the official National Weather Service gauges had picked up 2.76 inches in Rock Hill, 2.60 inches in Augusta, 2.28 in Florence, 2.16 in North Myrtle Beach, 2.11 in Greenville-Spartanburg and 2.07 in Columbia.

The rainfall raised river levels in the Midlands, prompting a flood warning for the Congaree River at the Carolina Eastman plant in Calhoun County and at Gadsden in Richland County. At the expected levels, the impacts include flooding on trails at Congaree National Park and on a low-lying portion of the Carolina Eastman plant with no structures. The National Weather Service switched its middle-Congaree River flood gauge from Sandy Run to Gadsden near Congaree National Park early this year.

While there is a chance of rain for the rest of the week, the National Weather Service forecasts indicate the chances of rain and the amounts expected to fall are less than during the weekend.

Joey Holleman

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