Rain, high tides and associated flooding added up to create a major mess for motorists in and around Charleston this morning.
The morning was raw, chilly and nasty, with a 100 percent chance of rain. High tide arrived around 8:30 a.m., turning low-lying Charleston roads into a soupy mess just in time for rush hour.
“Heading to class early,” one woman posted on Twitter. “Apparently there is horrible #flooding down there. bracing myself.”
“It doesn’t just rain in Charleston, it floods,” Lindsay Wooles chimed in.
“Traffic sucks.” groused a man named Mike D. “People in Charleston can’t drive in the rain.”
At the Charleston City Marina on Lockwood Drive, general manager Nick McGinty said this morning’s abnormally high water was something dockworkers haven’t seen in about two years.
The Ashley River spilled into the parking lot near the BP gas station and convenience store and the marina’s office at high tide around 8:30 this morning. Some land-based electrical equipment was submerged, causing a power outage to a portion of the docks.
McGinty said it would before noon when crews will be able to start fixing the damage.
“Clearly, it was a higher tide than we see typically,” he said. “It’s one of those things you see every other year.”
Meeting Street and other entrances to the downtown area were choked with traffic, and wrecks on the interstates did not help matters at all.
For several hours, Morrison Drive was closed from the entrance of the Ravenel Bridge to Jackson Street. Police were asking motorist to avoid the area.
The National Weather Service had issued a coastal flood warning until noon today, but that warning was cancelled around 11 a.m.
Earlier this morning, authorities were clearing two wrecks on eastbound on Interstate 26 at the 205 and 203 mile markers near College Park Road and Highway 78.
Another wreck occurred northbound on Interstate 95 at the 69 mile marker, and on Red Bank Road near Cranford Road this morning.
There were other wrecks on I-26 eastbound at mile marker 201, on S.C. Highway 61 in front of AAA Plumbing and on Dorchester Road near Club Course Drive.
There also were disabled vehicles on the interstate.
Highs for today were forecast to be in the upper 40s with lows in the upper 30s.
Northeast winds will be from 10 to 15 mph.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain. Highs will be in the upper 50s with lows in the low 40s.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs will be in the upper 50s with lows in the low 40s.