Get those umbrellas out – heavy rains Thursday in Midlands

jmonk@thestate.comJuly 11, 2013 

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— Flood warnings are out, and the Midlands will be in for another soaking as Thursday goes on, the National Weather Service says.

“We’re having no break from our wet weather patterns,” said Mike Proud, meteorologist at the National Weather Service station at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Early Thursday morning, Proud said, rains started above Columbia in the Newberry-Winnsboro area and were headed toward the capital city.

A flood warning means that in a period of heavy rains, motorists should exercise extra care in low-lying areas like Five Points, Proud said.

“The ground is saturated from all the rains we’ve been having” and can’t absorb much more water, he said.

Rainfall so far is July has been higher than normal – 2.82 inches through July 7 compared with a normal July rainfall through that date of 1.21 inches, he said.

Since June 1, the Midlands area is 2.69 inches above the rainfall it normally gets in that time period, he said.

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