Sunday, October 4, 2015

Rain Still Falling; Flood Threat Transitioning

Here is the 3:30pm NWS radar from Columbia, SC. Moderate to occasionally heavy rains are
continuing to fall from around Columbia to the North Carolina border.  Rainfall amounts, in places, have exceeded 25 inches.

My AccuWeather colleague, Brandon Sullivan, tweeted this moments ago:
The number one message is Turn Around; Don't Drown! Deaths in autos are, by far, the #1 cause of flash flood deaths. 

The photo below, via Twitter, was taken near downtown Columbia and it illustrates the now changing nature of the threat. It isn't just flash flooding, major rives are now rising rapidly.

For example, here is the hydrography for the Congaree River at Carolina Eastman:
The Congaree is not just going to reach a record crest, it is going to break the record by three feet!

It is impossible for me to be able to run down the stage forecasts for every river in the region. Please do to your local NWS web page and check for rivers in your area. Scroll down to learn the exact areas where flooding is forecast.

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