Heavy rain Thursday afternoon flooded areas throughout the Midlands, including parts of Columbia. And we’re just getting started.
As much as two inches of rain fell within an hour, according to NWS estimates. Rain will continue throughout the evening with some areas potentially seeing 3 inches of rain.
On Main Street and Whaley Street, the water rose quickly as the storms soaked much of Columbia and totaled about 10 feet of flooding, city officials tell WIS.
Clean up crews were out cleaning up the dirt and mud when the water receded around 3 p.m.
Several vehicles at the bottom of the hill near Main Street and Whaley Street that were parked were flooded out and suffered some damage.
The University of South Carolina Police Department had to rescue a woman who had become trapped in a car surrounded by flood waters.
It wasn’t flooding, but storm damage that was the biggest concern at Benedict College. A large tree fell in front of Gambrell Hall on campus, damaging several cars. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
“I’m not an expert, but I would dare say yes, because I think that it was raining, and it’s not an old tree at all,” said Kymm Hunter with Benedict College. “It had plenty of bright green leaves, so I think that a little saturation of the soil may have loosened the roots. But we have an arborist who’s making a professional report for us and for our insurance, and certainly, we’ll be able to know exactly for sure what happened.”
There will be periods of showers and rain will continue tonight with lows in the middle 60s.
The low moves to the North during the day on Friday, the wedge will break so we’ll be in the middle 70’s for daytime highs. Still plan on periods of showers and a few thunderstorms. Rainfall totals could be impressive with amounts from 1 to 3 inches in places by the time the storm exits by Saturday.
Simply put: wear a rain jacket and keep your umbrella close for the next few days.