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July 21, 2014

Orangeburg gets close to 8 inches of rain Monday

Orangeburg, which averages about 47 inches of rainfall per year, got nearly 20 percent of that in one day on Monday.

Orangeburg, which averages about 47 inches of rainfall per year, got nearly 20 percent of that in one day on Monday.

One non-official report from nearby Cordova indicated 10.15 inches of rain fell Monday, while more reliable gauges registered 8.07 at the Orangeburg water plant and 4.19 inches at the Orangeburg Airport.

Fortunately, the region had been particularly dry for the past month, so the major problems involved flooding in the streets. The North Edisto River briefly topped initial flood stage of 7 feet early Tuesday, but was receding again by late morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey gauge.

Based on that same gauge, the area around the North Edisto in Orangeburg got six inches of rain in two hours late Monday afternoon.

Large accumulations from slow-moving thunderstorms popped up all over the state. On the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, 13 of 242 reporters indicated they had more than three inches of rain, topped by 5.45 inches near Conway and 4.97 inches near Lake Wylie.

Other spots with more than three inches included Daufuskie Island, York, Neeses, Taylors, Spartanburg, Beaufort, Tega Cay and Ridgeland. Another 26 reporters had more than two inches.

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