Publication Date May 23, 2017

Severe thunderstorm warning, tornado watch issued for Charleston area, National Weather Service says

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Rescue crews cross through the intersection of King St. and Huger St. after heavy rain on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Photo: Michael Pronzato

As of 5:20 p.m., radar rainfall estimates showed between 1.5 inches and 2.5 inches of rain fell across the greater Charleston area since 2 p.m., the Weather Service said.

"The previous heavy rainfall resulted in multiple flooded roads and a couple of water rescues," the Weather Service said. "Based on latest reports, several roads remain closed due to lingering flood waters. Through 7 p.m., showers and thunderstorms will result in rounds of moderate rainfall."


"The arrival of the heavy downpours will overlap with this evening's high tide, resulting in significant street flooding and building flooding," the Weather Service said. "Many roads will be impassable."