Coastal flood advisory remains in effect tonight for Beaufort County

A coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 10 tonight for low-lying coastal areas of South Carolina, including Beaufort County, according to the National Weather Service.

Tide levels are expected to peak between 7.3 feet and 7.5 feet. A high rip-current risk remains in effect through Sunday evening.

The NWS in its advisory said an “inundation of saltwater in and near low-lying coastal areas could result in some road closures and flooding of properties.” The advisory noted that the flooding risk will be the greatest for coastal areas such as Hunting and Fripp islands, “where protective features such as sand dunes were severely damaged or completely destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.”

The NWS warns that no one should “enter the surf due to life-threatening rip currents,” and that if road travel is necessary, motorists should not “attempt to drive through water of unknown depth.”