Heavy rains were closing some streets in downtown Charleston Friday night, and the situation was expected to get worse.
Between 2 to 4 inches of rain were expected in the Charleston area late Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The heaviest rainfall could be at high tide, which is around 11:15 p.m.
The Charleston Police Department announced at 9 p.m. that flooding had closed several streets: Ashley Avenue north of Fishburne, Bogard Street from the Crosstown, Ashley Avenue between Bennett Street and Halsey, and one lane on Hagood around Fishburne. The Crosstown had some pooling but all lanes were open and passable at 9 p.m. police spokesman Charleston Francis said.
The weather may also have contributed to a fatal wreck Friday. The Highway Patrol noted that it was raining at 6:10 p.m. when a 2000 Saturn four-door heading toward Summerville on S.C. Highway 61 in Dorchester County ran off the right side of the road and hit a tree. Troopers said the driver was not wearing a seat belt and was killed. The Coroner's Office did not immediately release the identity. A 10-year-old passenger was wearing a seat belt and was taken to Medical University Hospital.
SCE&G was reporting scattered power outages at 10 p.m. The biggest were off Riverland Drive on James Island and Dorchester Road near Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston.
The weather forecast caused the city of Charleston's recreation department to call off a Saturday morning Easter egg hunt at Hampton Park.
Saturday's forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of showers and storms throughout the day, with highs in the upper 60s and lows around 50 and wind gusts up to 20 mph.
Sunday calls for cloudy skies and a slight chance of showers are expected. Highs will be in the upper 60s with lows around 50. Wind gusts will reach up to 25 mph.
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