South Carolina Department of Transportation officials are urging motorists to be cautious while driving as heavy rains produced by Hurricane Joaquin could cause flooded roadways.
Motorists are reminded that heavy rains can cause reduced vehicle traction and maneuverability as well as reduced visibility. Inland flooding from heavy rains is the greatest source of fatalities and road damages, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
“Our message right now is for motorists to plan ahead and consider the forecast in their travel plans,” Acting Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said. “We want everyone to stay safe and not take any unnecessary risks due to the possible effects of Hurricane Joaquin.”
The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood advisory for many counties throughout the state in anticipation of heavy rain.
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There is a 50 percent chance of rain Thursday, which increases to 70 percent in the evening with an estimated total of a tenth to a quarter inch of rain falling, according to the service’s forecasts. There will be a 90 percent chance of rain beginning Friday morning with an estimated quarter to half inch of rain falling. The chance of rain slightly decreases Friday evening to 80 percent with an estimated three quarters and an inch of rainfall.
Showers will continue to hit the Columbia area through Saturday, with an estimated amount of 1 to 2 inches of rain possible, and into Sunday evening.
Motorists are urged to take weather factors into consideration for their weekend plans and travels.