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The intersection of Fishburne Street and Hagood Avenue is closed off Wednesday morning, Feb. 20, 2019, in Charleston. Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

Sparing morning commuters, the Charleston area lucked out Tuesday morning following a lower-than-forecast high tide level.

While rising waters during the periods of high tide through Thursday are expected to bring minor-to-moderate flooding for both morning and evening commutes, that was not the case Tuesday.

High tide Tuesday morning was around 7:35 a.m., and levels peaked shortly thereafter at 7.24 feet. 

The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a coastal flood advisory for Beaufort, Charleston and Colleton counties that lasted through the early morning hours and expired at 9 a.m.

Looking forward, forecasters said levels during high tide Wednesday could reach near the 8-foot mark, at which point it's deemed a major flood. There is a slight chance of rain showers after 10 a.m. and before 11 p.m. which, in tandem with high tide, could spell trouble on low-lying roads.

Through Thursday, motorists should expect flooding to occur at Lockwood Boulevard and Broad Street, Hagood Avenue and East Battery, among others, Charleston police said in a statement.

Motorists should plan for added time to their commutes each way, the alert said. 

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Michael Majchrowicz is a reporter covering crime and public safety. He previously wrote about courts for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. A Hoosier native, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.