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Columbia’s Coldstream community experiences significant flooding (with photo gallery)

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Wind and rain prominent as storm passes through – video links included

Tropical Storm Michael is passing over South Carolina Thursday. Heavy rain has been falling overnight. With the storm, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia, the primary concerns will be: – Wind gusts to 55 mph – Isolated tornadoes – Heavy rain with accumulations up to 4 inches Click link below to see video of Video of water overflowing…

Michael reduces to tropical storm with winds still reported up to 70 mph

Photo from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hurricane Michael made landfall along the Florida panhandle as a Category 4 storm Wednesday afternoon, and is continuing to push inland across the southeastern U.S. Accuweather.com reported the hurricane hit Florida and Mexico Beach with wind gusts over 100 mph during the height of the storm.  The National Weather service said the storm…

Richland, Lexington counties tropical storm watch upgraded to warning, West Columbia school to close

Hurricane Michael has strengthened to a Category 4 storm overnight. Michael is expected to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle, Wednesday. It will progress, forecasters said, and it’s on track toward South Carolina. A tropical storm watch was issued late Tuesday afternoon, and is in effect for the counties of: Lexington, Richland, Calhoun, Clarendon, Sumter, and Lee until Friday morning. The…

Congaree National Park closing until further notice due to incoming storms

Photo from Congaree National Park’s Facebook page. Congaree National Park officials released information Tuesday, notifying guests that the park will be closing tomorrow until further notice, due to incoming storms. Their website notification reads: “Due to the forecast approach and impacts of Hurricane Michael, Congaree National Park, including all campgrounds, facilities, trails and canoe landings, will close at 5 p.m….

Hurricane Michael expected to bring rain and wind gusts to Richland, Lexington counties

Michael-4 Show Caption Hide Caption Michael-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Michael-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Hurricane Michael has gotten stronger as it comes toward the U.S. Gulf Coast. The storm’s eventual path will bring it into South Carolina, according to the National Weather Service office in Columbia. Forecasters at the the National Hurricane Center expect Michael will potentially move into…

South Carolina High School League extends football season after Hurricane Florence

Conway High School’s football stadium, after Hurricane Florence. Photo from Conway Tigers Football Twitter. As expected, the SC High School League has added an extra football week. The committee voted 18-0 Tuesday to move Week 4, postponed by Hurricane Florence, to Nov. 2. This pushes back the start of the playoffs to Nov. 9 and the “Weekend of Champions” to…

Congaree River not expected to reach flood stage from storm runoff

The River Alliance is monitoring the water level of the Congaree River. By Sunday afternoon, a River Alliance report estimated the central Midlands had received 2-to-3 inches of rainfall associated with Hurricane Florence.  Some additional rain was expected, but estimates were that it would be less than an inch. River Alliance personnel said no significant flash flooding has been detected…

Storm moving through slowly – Richland, Lexington schools can reopen

Tropical Storm Florence continued to weaken and move through Richland and Lexington counties late Saturday. The two-county area has received 2-4 inches of rain. Wind gusts were recorded to be around 50 mph, according to the National Weather Service, Columbia Columbia is no longer under a tropical storm warning, but a flash flood watch was in effect, as rain continued…

Tree down, causes road closure in Gilbert

Lexington County Twitter photo Lexington County officials reported a road closure around 5:50 p.m. Friday afternoon in Gilbert.  A downed tree blocked the roadway on the 300 block of Wyatt Way. No injuries were reported.  Both lanes of the road were closed directly following the incident.  As of 6 p.m., an update was provided via Twitter:  “LCFS and Public Works…

Richland County opening pet-friendly shelter to house animals during hurricane

Tanner Sullivan photo. (Instagram: yourfavoritecats) In an effort to assist Hurricane Florence evacuees with pets, Richland County Government will be opening a pet-friendly shelter to house dogs and cats during the weather emergency. The Richland County Emergency Pet Facility, at 3216 Broad River Road, is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. Friday. The site is across the street from the…

Lexington County Emergency Operations Center enters OPCON 3, flooding and tornadoes possible

Karamie Sullivan- file photo Lexington County officials reported Friday morning their Emergency Operations Center has entered “operational condition three,” which is a partial activation of the county’s EOC in preparation for the impacts of Hurricane Florence. OPCON 3 prepares emergency response units to be ready for weather-related events generated by the storm. County emergency management has enlisted the help of…

Riverbanks Zoo closing in preparation for Hurricane Florence

Female lion Thabisa with her three cubs. Picture retrieved from Riverbanks Zoo Facebook page. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden released an announcement Thursday afternoon regarding their decision for the facility in relation to Hurricane Florence. “Because of the predicted path of Hurricane Florence, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will be closed to the public Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16,” read…

Hurricane evacuee gets pinned under vehicle when driver runs into Prosperity Wendy’s

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster reported Wednesday night that first responders received an unusual call. A Hurricane Florence evacuee drove their vehicle through the front doors and glass of the Prosperity Wendy’s, on Highway 773.  Another evacuee became pinned under the vehicle and rubble, according to Foster. “Great work by first responders.  The Lord was with all because only three…

Expect 4-to-6 inches of rain in Central SC from Hurricane Florence, winds likely to begin Thursday night

NWS-Columbia  graphic The 5 a.m. National Weather Service update on the status of Hurricane Florence shows a significant southwest shift- to South Carolina-  in the track of the storm. The latest NWS report said Central South Carolina can expect four-to-six inches of rain.  And to the north, expect six-to-ten inches of rain. Two-to-four inches  of rain is expected in the…

Updated track of Hurricane Florence poses higher threat to Midlands

National Weather Service image. The National Weather Service reported as of 11 p.m. Tuesday night, that the official track of Hurricane Florence has continued to shift slightly southwest, and now shows a track across inland northern South Carolina. According to the NWS, the regions in their forecast area with the highest threat for significant impacts are the Pee Dee area,…

Ridge View High School to operate as shelter for hurricane evacuees

Photo retrieved from RVHS Facebook page. Richland County, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will be opening Ridge View High School on Hard Scrabble Road to serve as a shelter for coastal evacuees. The shelter will be open as of 4 p.m. Tuesday. According to Richland County’s Public Information Officer, the shelter will not accept pets. However, the county…

SCE&G urges preparation for significant weather event

As Hurricane Florence approaches, SCE&G is encouraging customers to be prepared and stay safe for what may be a prolonged outage event. “Regardless of this storm’s exact path, we anticipate Florence will bring dangerous winds and the potential for heavy rain and flooding across our service territory, which could result in significant power outages for our customers,” said SCE&G Vice…

Evacuation, and school closing orders, lifted for some counties, as storm shifts north

Evacuation orders for Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper counties, with the exception of Edisto Beach, were canceled Tuesday by Gov. Henry McMaster. The school closing order for Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties was lifted too. McMaster lifted the evacuation orders because projections show that Hurricane Florence is moving further north. McMaster also moved up the planned…

S.C. agencies, residents prepare for “powerful” Hurricane Florence

NOAA image The South Carolina Emergency Management Division continues to monitor Hurricane Florence, which forecasters say could affect the East Coast as a powerful storm. The state Emergency Operations Center is operational, staffed by emergency personnel from various state agencies and emergency organizations. The SEOC will be operational 24 hours a day until further notice. A FEMA coordinating officer and…

Be prepared for Hurricane Florence to hit state, says Gov. Henry McMaster

McMaster’s Sunday news conference. Be prepared. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said at a Sunday news conference that the state’s residents need to “pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore.” He said South Carolinians should count on “a lot of…

More rain, lower temperatures expected this week, after heavy rains Sunday

Some flights were diverted from Charlotte to Columbia because of storms Sunday. NWS -Columbia photo. The National Weather Service in Columbia said 2-to-3 inches of rain fell Sunday afternoon. There were numerous reports of water buildup on local roads. More rain is expected for Monday through Friday, with heavy rain possible. Scattered showers, and possible storms, are expected to develop…

Flash flood warning issued for parts of Richland, Lexington counties

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a Flash Flood Warning that includes Dentsville, Hopkins, and Gadsden. The warning is in effect until 2:45 p.m., Monday. A Flash Flood Warning including Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce was issued later and is in effect until 3:45 p.m. The NWS had previously issued a severe thunderstorm Dentsville, Forest Acres, and Hopkins….

Heavy rain predicted for days, Red Cross tips on how to avoid danger

Clouds over Columbia- Terry Ward photo. Tuesday is the beginning of a potential 10-day-long streak of rainy weather in the Midlands. Rainfall is expected to vary from light to heavy. With the possibility of bad weather, the American Red Cross is reminding South Carolinians to remain aware of conditions. According to a press release from the Red Cross, there are…

Lots of rain expected Monday and Tuesday

Expect lots of rain Monday and Tuesday, with the possibility of thunderstorms and some river flooding. The National Weather Service in Columbia is forecasting rain, with about a 100 percent chance most of Monday. Rain is also forecast for Tuesday, but the possibility will decrease to 50 percent by the middle of Tuesday. Rain totals for the Midlands could be…