Downtown Charleston Under Water: Irma Flash Flood Emergency Declared

Tyler Durden's picture

While Hurricane Irma, which was reclassified as a tropical storm early Monday, spared Miami from a "worst case" scenario, the former hurricane saved some of its worst storm surge impacts for northeast Florida, coastal Georgia, and South Carolina.

A record water surge flooded downtown Jacksonville, leading the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood emergency as the water level rose sharply. Hours of strong winds blowing the ocean inland, and preventing water from the St. Johns River from escaping back into the ocean worsened the flood situation. The flooding, while predicted, is reportedly some of the worst the city has seen. Despite being weaker than Hurricane Matthew was when it passed by the city in 2016, Tropical Storm Irma helped push a greater amount of water onshore, and it struck right at the time of high tide. This caused the city to see its highest storm surge flooding on record.

Meanwhile, a flash flood emergency was issued for Charleston County in South Carolina, which includes the city of Charleston, as as widespread flooding driven by Tropical Storm Irma engulfs the city.  The ocean in Charleston reached its third-highest level, coming up short of the surge seen in Hurricane Hugo in 1989. 

According to the National Weather Service, the combination of extremely high tides combined with heavy rain has resulted in dangerous flooding throughout the downtown area. Areas from Calhoun Street south to the Battery are severely flooded and travel into the downtown Charleston area is not advised. The flash flood emergency is set to last until 8:15 p.m. Just before 1 p.m. the flooding exceeded levels seen during Hurricane Matthew last year, meteorologist Christopher Dolce said.

The surge put White Point Garden under water and sent water coursing through downtown Charleston's historic neighborhoods, the Charleston Post and Courier reports. Residents could be seen wading through hip-deep water; a john boat with four people aboard cruised down South Battery, sending a wake into people's yards. Flooding was so severe that police in Charleston told people to avoid downtown until floodwaters recede.

According to the National Weather Service, the combination of high tides and heavy rain has resulted in dangerous flooding throughout the downtown area.

In Mount Pleasant, the parking lots on both sides of Shem Creek were underwater, swamping some cars whose owners had the bad luck to park there.  "I've never seen anything like it," Town Administrator Eric DeMoura told the Post and Courier.

The rising water breached dunes at Edisto Beach and several water rescues have already taken place in the area, the National Weather Service reports, as Tropical Storm Irma lashes the Palmetto State.  According to The Associated Press, more than 190,000 customers are without power statewide, including more than 26,000 in the coastal county of Beaufort and more than 46,000 in Charleston.

Earlier this week McMaster ordered Hilton Head Island and six of the state's other barrier islands to evacuate ahead of the storm, according to the Associated Press.  Approximately 44,457 South Carolina residents were affected by the orders, and McMaster told the Post and Courier that "compliance, as far as we can tell, has been good" though the state does not have a current count of how many people ignored the order and remained on the islands.

Videos posted on twitter showed just how significant and dangerous the flash flood is:

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Sky flyer's picture

Bullish. Flood a few more major cities for new all time highs.

TeamDepends's picture

It was the white supremacists!

Son of Loki's picture

President Fenves [of UT Austin] noted in his statement that after white supremacists and neo-Nazi’s protested the removal of a confederate statue on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville last week, now more than ever, “that Confederate monuments have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism.”

The recently appointed president with ties to the Far Left continued, "... the statues represent the subjugation of African Americans. That remains true today for white supremacists who use them to symbolize hatred and bigotry.”

This guy is a chicken shit. Tearing them down in the middle of the night to pander to atiny vocal violent minority group on campus.


Fenves is the poster child of a True Pussy College president.

JimmyJones's picture

I am curious, has anyone on here actually met a person that self-identifies as a "Nazi"?  I literally thing your more likely to find 20 bucks in the street randomly. 

E.F. Mutton's picture

I'll call myself Nancy if it triggers a SJW.  Their indignant screeching gives me a chuckle.

Osmium's picture

You are correct.  I found 20 bucks sitting in an ATM once.  Nobody around.

No Time for Fishing's picture

Never met anyone who identified themselves as a Nazi but have found a 20 on the ground more than a couple of times. 

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

I keep seeing twenty dollar bills being dragged through trailer parks. Wait, that's Billy Bob Clinton's hench man's line.

Mr Hankey's picture

That would have been Ben. Even White trash wouldn't get off the couch for Andy.

Blue Steel 309's picture

Jews created the myth of Nazi=evil and now a variety of morons use it as a synonym, because saying "evil" legitimizes religions and they cant have that.

Bow to your Jewish overlords, they are your gods now.

Gordon_Gekko's picture

I believe when the Earth is fully destroyed, it will be the finest moment in the history of the US Stock market. Think SPX 1000000 being written into a computer database aboard a space vehicle. No buyers, no sellers...just the "stock market".

Pollygotacracker's picture

Janet Yellen and Ivanka will be toasting each other and drinking champagne.

Dave's picture

A little water in the street. Check those Houston and New Orleans Katrina pictures again if you want to see a flood.

Bigly's picture

Shem Creek has a couple of bars/restaurants, but since they basically are on the dock, they know flooding could happen every now and then.

StreetObserver's picture

Helping to wash away all traces of Antifa Filth.

ted41776's picture

ban water, it's raysssssisssssss

Lt. Frank Drebin's picture

Godspeed Charleston. Hold fast.

No Time for Fishing's picture

Notice the porch and thus living space of the historic home is well above the water and the modern building across the street was built at street level and flooded. Perhaps the modern builder should have looked at how his ancestors built. 

GUS100CORRINA's picture

They are going to need some more boats.

Honest Sam's picture

Jesus' dad said, when Noah wanted to use a Bertram,  "Better go with the Ark, dude. DVD in the rear, surround sound, and air bags."


az_patriot's picture

Rule #1 following a major hurricane:  DON'T buy any cars, new or used, that have been in any of those areas.

MozartIII's picture

But they will be clean!!!

NoDebt's picture

They get shipped all over the country and sold at auction.  You could buy one in Michigan or New York and never know it.

If you don't have what's called "comprehensive" insurance on your vehicle, YOU are responsible for any repairs needed due to flood damage.  Not everyone has this coverage.  So the game is, you dry the bitch out, clean it up, spray down the interior with Febreeze and trade that sucker in as fast as possible on a new one before corrosion and mold start to set in.  

The place you are trading it in doesn't care.  They just care about selling you a new car.  And they are sending your old car off to auction for sale almost as fast as you got rid of it.  That's how the car can end up almost anywhere in the country pretty quickly.

And since this damage has never been reported to an insurance company (why would you report damage you know your policy doesn't cover?) there is nothing that will show up on a vehicle history report.

And I'm just talking about used cars here.  Imagine if your new car dealership goes underwater and the insurance company cuts you a big fat check for your lost inventory.  You telling me a fucking car dealership wouldn't be just a little tempted to make some extra bread off this opportunity by drying out and selling off a few of those totaled "new" cars, too?  Of course they would.  They're car dealers.  They were born as scumbags.



Pool Shark's picture

Car owners no longer need a 96-month loan to be under water...

Mr.Danglemeat's picture

I had a friend who had his Datsun pick up stolen. Somebody asked him if he had looked in Spring Meadow Lake yet (a favorite dumping ground) so he goes to Spring Meadow and sure enough there was his little yellow pick up in about 30 feet of water. He has it trucked home and lets it sit for a few days, he goes out and sees if she'll fire up. Sure enough it took right off. He decides to sell it and gets a phone call and the guy will be right over. So my friend goes out to warm it up a bit but the sun is shining so he puts the visor down and gets a lap full of Spring Meadow water and weeds that were cupped in the visor. Looked like he had pissed himself... When buying used, always ask if it's been to Spring Meadow.

Ignorance is bliss's picture

Rule #2 look in the glove box for receipts that indicate where the car resided. The dealerships almost never clean them out.

Pool Shark's picture

Dealership Rule #1: Wash the Car

Dealership Rule #2: Wash the Title

IridiumRebel's picture

I'm buying a truck. It's pre-picked. Just need my home sale to wrap up in Debtnecticut.

Bigly's picture

You found a buyer for bridgeport?!

IridiumRebel's picture

I think so. We just had inspection. Awaiting the report.
House has a new boiler. It's Bridgeport. It's a shitty house in a shitty city.
He's a slum lord. I'm basically giving it away.

Big Corked Boots's picture

Flooding on Confederate Street?

Serves 'em right.


Ralph Spoilsport's picture

I saw that too. Some delicate snowflake somewhere is already yammering to have the name changed to MLK street.

Years ago, they changed Maryland Avenue in Wilmington, DE to Martin Luther King Blvd. This wasn't a big hit with businesses like "Maryland Avenue Sub Shop" or "Maryland Avenue Liquors" so most kept their original names. To this day, most people still call it Maryland Avenue, including announcers on local radio who screw up occasionally.


Ive never been to any street name MLK that i would walk down 

Seasmoke's picture

I guess The Tribe buying the Dow up and up and up, figure Jacksonville and Charleston don't count.

So it's forward comrades. To infinity and beyond !!!

Lumberjack's picture

I see the insurance industry working with msm to insert the term 'climate change' in news articles now (to be expected). Some are calling for mandated insurance everywhere.

Funny thing about climate change, the only thing that happened was man made.

alexcojones's picture

Why do people persist in driving cars thru deep water?

Is it some instinctive spawning behaviour when we were all fish?

IridiumRebel's picture

"I can make it!"
......distributor cap malfunction.

{{{climbs on hood and awaits newscasters}}}

Lumberjack's picture

God made wd-40 and bar and chain oil for a reason. Coat the wiring. Especially those with ancient distributor caps. If you have a hybrid or electric car. Fuggetabouit. DO NOT DO THIS!

samsara's picture

Yes, WD-40 stands for Water Deterrent #40

It was the 40th thing they tried. It was fish oil

eatapeach's picture

Displacement, I heard


Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Some woman in a Honda Civic tried to follow my F-250 through some high water running over a flooded creek bridge and got swept away. She was okay but it never occurred to her to consider the difference in ground clearance. (I can change oil and filter on the F-250 without a jack.)

hooligan2009's picture

another injection of liquidity by the fed..

ponders whether NK has control of the would be a lot "fatter"

rejected's picture

Here's a good laugh. In Pensacola Florida there has been no mail delivery and no school since Thursday 9/7. They took a holiday from Friday through Monday. Mail and school will start back on Tuesday.

Pensacola was never at risk and has only got a few sprinkles today.

It really pays to be a parasite