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Hurricane Irma hasn’t only impacted the U.S. in Florida, it’s also ravaged parts of Charleston County, South Carolina.
The National Weather Service on Monday afternoon issued a flash flood emergency for Charleston County, as the tide reached over 7.5 feet in Charleston Harbor and combined with heavy rainfall from the storm to overtake the the downtown area in Charleston.
“Areas from Calhoun Street south to the Battery are severely flooded and travel into the downtown Charleston area is not advised,” The NWS said in an alert. “The flash flood emergency is set to last until 8:15 p.m.”
Irma, which reached a Category 4 level as it made landfall in Florida early Sunday morning, brought winds topping out at 130 mph and torrential rainfall to much of the southeastern United States. While Irma’s now dissipated to a tropical storm, it’s killed at least seven people in the U.S. and left almost 6 million Floridians without electricity.
In Charleston, the flooding levels have exceeded those from Hurricane Matthew, a Category 5 storm that struck the area in 2016. Numerous streets in the county have been closed due to the flooding and officials are asking the public to take extreme caution.
The Associated Press reported that almost 200,000 customers are without eletricity across the state, with over 46,000 of them coming from Charleston.
On Friday, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the evacuation of residents on coastal barrier islands due to a predicted storm surge. The areas had been under a storm surge watch and tropical storm watch since Saturday.
“The southernmost coast of South Carolina is expected to experience a storm surge from 4-6 feet above ground level, with the greatest chances for serious flooding occurring on Monday,” McMaster said during a Friday press briefing. “This is also complicated by higher than normal tides due to the full moon and by strong, tropical-force winds.”
Here are some remarkable photos and videos from the flooding in Charleston County: