Water on flooded roads receding with low tide, isolated rain expected through the night


Weather reports show that West Ashley got the brunt of a severe storm Wednesday afternoon, with more than 3.3 inches of rain and several reports of trees down, power outages and lightning strikes to buildings.

Meteorologist Carl Barnes, with the National Weather Service in North Charleston, said 3.36 inches was the highest report of rainfall as of just before 5 p.m. in West Ashley at the intersection of Bees Ferry Road and Savannah Highway.

He said just over half an inch of rain was recorded at the Charleston International Airport in North Charleston. Downtown totals had not yet been calculated.

At the peak of the storm, South Carolina Electric and Gas was reporting more than 3,600 power outages, but that number has since fallen to about 1,500.

Barnes said there were a number of trees reported to have fallen in the Shadowmoss area of West Ashley, near Bees Ferry and Ashley River roads. There were a couple of reports of lightning strikes to structures in North Charleston and West Ashley, he added.

At just before 5 p.m., Barnes said there was still some minor flooding on downtown Charleston roads, but with low tide, it shouldn’t be prolonged. The Charleston Police Department is reporting that Smith Street between Morris and Radcliffe streets and Ashley Avenue at Halsey Street remain closed due to the heavy rain.

Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority reported delays during the storm on several routes, express and downtown, due to the inclement weather and traffic.

South Carolina Electric and Gas is currently working on restoring power to residents.

Barnes said isolated showers were expected through the night, but that for the most part, Lowcountry residents “are in the clear.”

Residents are asked to report any damage to the National Weather Service by calling 888-383-2024.

Reach Melissa Boughton at 937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughton.