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Midlands storms subside, but more scattered showers expected into Tuesday

Overnight storms late Sunday and early Monday caused flooding in some parts of Columbia, including the flood-prone intersection of Main and Whaley streets near the University of South Carolina campus.
Overnight storms late Sunday and early Monday caused flooding in some parts of Columbia, including the flood-prone intersection of Main and Whaley streets near the University of South Carolina campus.

A storm system that dumped more than 4 inches of rain in parts of Lower Richland County has diminished, leaving only drizzle or isolated showers for the early part of the workweek.

“The rainfall amounts are going to be very, very light, meterologist Doug Anderson of the National Weather Service said of the forecast into Tuesday. “We might get up to a tenth of an inch.”

“The heaviest rain is over, but we’re still going to see spotty showers and some drizzle and clouds lingering until about midday,” Anderson said Monday afternoon.

Skies look clear for Wednesday and Thursday, but a 30 percent chance of showers return on Friday, according to the forecast.

The highest rainfall amounts from the overnight storms Sunday and Monday were reported in the southeast portion of the county, with the Lower Richland Fire Station recording 4.4 inches Monday morning, according to county weather data. A rain gauge in the Hopkins area recorded 3.8 inches.

Much of the Columbia area saw 1 to 3 inches of rain, with 2.17 inches reported at Williams-Brice Stadium and 3.3 inches reported around Gills Creek.

Much of the state remained under a flash flood watch Monday.

There have been no reports of injuries or damage from the weather.

The slow moving system is expected to bring another band of rain around noon Monday, according to Leonard Vaughan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia. Additional showers could come through Monday night, and the Midlands can expect between a quarter-inch and 2 inches of rain through Tuesday morning.

“The rain bands are moving pretty slow,” Vaughan said, “so once it moves over you, it can move some pretty good rain.”

SCE&G was reporting 186 customers without power in Lexington County and eight in Richland County at 9:20 a.m. Monday.

The Weather Service issued a flash flood warning around midnight, urging people to avoid the intersection of Main and Whaley streets on the University of South Carolina campus and Five Points. The warning expired at 2 a.m.

The City of Columbia said the rainfall caused sewer overflows on the 4600 block of Pine Grove Court and the 1500 block of Kathwood Drive just after 1 a.m.

Check back for updates.

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