Severe storms bring hail, flooding, lightning; chances for more rain Wednesday

The Charleston Police department sets barricades at the flooded intersection of King and Huger Streets to deter traffic from the deepest water. (Matthew Fortner/Staff)

Large hail, damaging winds, flooding and lightning across the Lowcountry finally calmed about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston.

Chances for more thunderstorms were expected to continue overnight and there is at least a 50 percent chance of showers Wednesday, according to meteorologist intern James Carpenter.

Tuesday’s severe weather dumped about a half an inch of rain in Mount Pleasant and up to four inches in the area of Red Top, west of the Citadel Mall, he said. Early reports indicated about 1.4 inches of rain fell on downtown Charleston and 2.4 inches at the Charleston International Airport.

Carpenter said hail was sporadic in the tri-county area, ranging from pea- to quarter-sized. There was also “tons of lightning” and some reports of trees down. Flooding was widespread and caused several traffic delays.

There were also several reported power outages throughout the afternoon and evening, according to South Carolina Electric and Gas. Just after 8:40 p.m., an outage map showed there were still a little over 1,000 people without power in Charleston County.

Temperatures on Wednesday are expected to be in the low 90s, according to Carpenter, and rain will be possible from late morning throughout the day.

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