Possible flooding in Columbia, weather forecast for the SC region
Hours after a flood advisory was issued for the Columbia area on Sunday, a a flash flood warning has been put in place in Lexington County as heavy rains were reported in the Midlands.
The flash flood warning for Lexington, Cayce and Springdale is until 3:45 p.m., the National Weather Service has reported.
In the event of a vigil, weather officials urge residents to prepare for a flood. A warning means residents must take action because a flash flood is imminent or in progress.
Parts of Richland, Lexington and Calhoun counties were previously listed in the area’s flood advisory, according to the National Weather Service.
The Richland County Flood Advisory was scheduled to expire at 1:00 p.m. but was extended until 2:45 p.m., Midlands Weather reported.
A separate flood warning has been issued for Kershaw and Fairfield counties until 3:30 p.m.
A flood warning is usually issued when an area gradually receives 1 to 2 inches of rain. Most The Columbia region experienced at least as much precipitation Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
The rainfall has been regular, and sometimes severe, since Sunday morning.
Between 1.5 and 2 inches of rain has already fallen, with an additional 1 to 2 inches expected in the area, according to a forecast by the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service said the areas that could see the greatest impact are Columbia, Forest Acres, Dentsville, St. Andrews, Arcadia Lakes, Five Points, Woodfield, Sesquicentennial State Park, Fort Jackson, Columbia International University, Harbison State Forest , Fort Jackson Cantonment Area, Rosewood, Eau Claire and Fort Jackson Wildcat Road.
An area flood warning is usually issued when rain is expected to create problems for drivers, including large puddles and flooding on the roads.
“Be extra careful when driving today,” the National Weather Service tweeted.
The Columbia Police Department said officers monitor roads for localized flooding, and shared photos of problem areas that included the intersections of Main and Whaley, Huger and Blossom, Two Notch and Richland, as well as Two Notch from Edgewood to Covenant.
“DO NOT drive in high standing water. Turn around, don’t drown, ”the police department tweeted.
Heavy rains were recorded in the Columbia area last week when powerful storms were caused by Tropical Depression Fred as it moved southeast. The storm created several tornadoes in the Midlands.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.
BEHIND OUR REPORTING
This is breaking news
In a current situation, the facts may not be clear and the situation may still evolve. The state tries to get information of importance to the public as quickly and accurately as possible. This story will be updated as new information becomes available, and some information in this story may change as the facts become clearer. Refresh this page later for more up to date information.