Easter Sunday is expected to remain soggy after Friday night's record rainfalls.
Cloudy skies and scattered showers are expected throughout the day, possibly putting a damper on sunrise services and outdoor activities, Pete Mohlin with the Charleston office of the National Weather Service said. But the rain should not be very heavy and certainly not enough to flood downtown streets again, he said.
Heavy rainfall set a record in downtown Charleston Friday. As of 11 p.m. Friday, 1.96 inches had fallen in downtown Charleston, breaking the old record of 0.84 inches that was set in 1934.
Rainfall at the airport in North Charleston also broke a record Friday. The Weather Service recorded 2.02 inches in the 24 hours ending at 11 p.m. breaking the old record of 1.07 inches in 1943.
Several downtown streets remained closed because of flooding early Saturday morning, mainly because of debris in the storm drains, according to police spokesman Charles Francis. But most were open again before noon, except for a few low-lying areas near the Medical University.
Jack Sharpe of the Isle of Palms was out sweeping leaves from his flooded driveway on 49th Street Saturday morning. He said it was the worst flooding he has seen in years.
His impression was correct, according to the Weather Service. Sharpe lives not far from where the most rainfall was recorded. An area along the coast just north of Mount Pleasant got 4.77 inches of rain in the 24 hours that ended Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
The second wettest area was Folly Beach, with 3.91 inches. Downtown Charleston got 2.67 inches in those 24 hours, according to the Weather Service.
The sun is expected to come back out Monday, with a high around 73 degrees.
Paul Zoeller contributed to this story. Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.
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