The thunderstorms rolling across South Carolina on Sunday have led to a flash flood warning for Columbia among many other areas.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Columbia and Forest acres at 7 p.m. The warning is in effect until 8:30 p.m. and there are reports of roadways blocked by water from the storms.
The Columbia Fire Department tweeted it rescued a person trapped inside vehicle because of the flooding at the intersections of Whaley and South Main streets. No injuries were reported and Columbia Police Department closed the area until 10 p.m.
Flooded roads were also reported at the intersections of Franklin and Sumter streets, Bull and Taylor streets, I-277 and Farrow Road, 1700 Blossom Street, S Woodrow Street and Rosewood Drive, 2300 Marion and 1000 Assembly Street.
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The City of Columbia issued a sanitary sewer overflow public notification just before 9 p.m. Extended wet weather conditions led to overflows in the gravity sewer system at 4645 Pine Grove Court, 1548 Kathwood Drive, 1806 Blossom Street, and 716 Santee Avenue in Richland County.
As of 9 p.m., SCE&G reported that 2,762 customers across South Carolina were experiencing outages, with 2,318 in Richland County and 245 in Lexington County.
Columbia, Lexington and West Columbia were all included in a severe thunderstorm warning at approximately 6:40 p.m. That warning is in effect until 7:45 p.m.
The forecast for Sunday night calls for a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly before 11 p.m., with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible, according to the National Weather Service.
These storms could produce winds of up to 60 miles per hour and quarter-sized hail. Hail and wind damage is possible in these areas.
Other areas in the Palmetto State under severe thunderstorm warnings include Lugoff, Camden, Blythewood, Newberry, Whitmire, Prosperity, Aiken, North Augusta, Belvedere, Edgefield, Saluda, Johnston, McBee and Bethune.
Flash flood warnings were also issued in Chesterfield County, near Ruby.
Monday’s forecast calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m., with temperatures rising to a possible high of 95, but heat index values as high as 103.