Midlands waking up to rain and wet roads Thursday
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A strong cold front bringing severe weather to parts of the southeast is dumping rain on the Midlands Thursday morning.
Wet roads have caused crashes throughout the area. Standing water and puddles have been reported on some roads, so drivers should use caution.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol tells WIS there are no roads reported closed in its jurisdiction due to flooding overnight.The Lexington County Sheriff's Department says Corley Mill Road is now open after previously being blocked with standing water.
A tree is down on Falcon Drive near A.C. Flora High School but WIS reporter Michal Higdon says drivers are using an alternate route.
Emergency crews were called to the St. Andrews Woods apartment complex at about 5:30 a.m., where a vehicle was in flood water at Kay and Beatty Streets.
Despite the heavy rain that fell and left puddles throughout the area Thursday morning, Main and Whaley, which usually floods during rain, was passable as of 4:30 a.m.
Tornado watches were issued for several counties Wednesday night but they expired without incident. A tornado touched down in the Atlanta area, according to the National Weather Service.
Tim Miller with the WIS First Alert Team says there's a 90% chance of rain in the Midlands through 7 a.m. Thursday.
"Look for all showers and rain to move out by noon with clearing skies," Miller said.
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The greatest threat with any storms that develop will be lightning and gusty winds although an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Some downpours fell overnight.
The rain totals from this system will vary across the state. The Upstate could see 2 to 4 inches and there is a flash flood watch for that area until Thursday morning. In the central Midlands. expect between a half-inch to and inch and a half. In the Southern and Eastern Midlands, expect a half-inch to 2 inches.
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