Beaufort News

Storm expected to continue drenching northern Beaufort

Trisha Potts keeps an eye on her dog Buckley as they attempt to get out of the rain in downtown Beaufort Monday morning.
Trisha Potts keeps an eye on her dog Buckley as they attempt to get out of the rain in downtown Beaufort Monday morning. Jonathan Dyer, The Beaufort Gazette

Although storm damage amounted to no more than minor road flooding and downed branches, emergency responders and agencies in northern Beaufort County remained on the alert after heavy rain Sunday and Monday.

"We're just making sure our power tools are sharpened and our chain saws charged," Burton Fire District spokesman Dan Byrne said late Monday.

The National Weather Service in Charleston issued a high-surf advisory, which is in effect until 11 a.m. today. A flash flood watch was in effect until 11 p.m. Monday.

Parts of southeastern South Carolina received 2 to 5 inches of rain Monday, according to the weather service.

Showers and thunderstorms could add another quarter- to half-inch of rain across the area this afternoon, the weather service said. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms is also in the forecast for Wednesday.

Most of the heavy rain fell in southern Beaufort County, and flooding in the northern part of the county was localized on small roads and not deep enough to impede traffic, county emergency management operations officer Chuck Runnion said. He asked that residents call the Sheriff's Office at 843-524-2477 to report downed limbs or other storm-related problems in coming days.

The drainage system held up well Monday, county stormwater system manager Dan Ahern said. Beaufort County soil is sandy and drains quickly, so unless areas are deluged, they won't accumulate water, Ahern said.

SCE&G technicians responded to 12 incidents across Beaufort County that left 1,919 customers without power. As of 6 p.m. power had been restored to all but 45 customers, according to company spokesman Robert Yanity.

Beaufort Water Search and Rescue received no weather-related distress calls, but spokesman Dick Jennings urged people to stay off the water. The water was so rough, even inshore waters had whitecaps Monday, he said. People who go out and end up in trouble should call 911 for free help from the agency.

Though there have been few problems on the water, the shoreline is a different story, Jennings said.

"With these northeast winds and the high tides, it's just eating these beaches up," he said. "Hunting Island and Fripp Island are getting eaten up real bad."

Reporters Tom Barton and Cassie Foss contributed to this story.

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