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Updates at the bottom.
I hope when you found your umbrella for Monday's deluge that you haven't already forgotten where you put it, because it looks like we're in for another dousing.
Right now the National Weather Service has given the Charleston area a frightning 100% chance of rain and says that while rain is expected in much of South Carolina, with the heaviest rain is expected across Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties where 2 to 4 inches of rainfall are expected with locally higher amounts in excess of 5 inches possible, with the worst coming this afternoon through this evening.
If you do have the displeasure of driving in downtown during the worst of it, be sure to consult the flooding map first. Be particuarly leary of flooding around hightide at 12:19 p.m. and remember that if you can't see the road, don't drive through it.
More rain on the way Thursday - Friday, too?
And the weather bringing us this fun is expected to linger until the tail end of Thursday, where we've been give a 60% chance of rain. But the repreeve currently forecast for us on Friday is being jepordized by a swirlling mass of trpical moisture expected to soon form into Tropical Storm Nicole and would arrive late in the Charleston area late Thursday.
The forecast trajectory of tropical depression 16 as of 5 a.m. Thursday.
The possibility of more rain on the way has already wipped up the City of Charleston, spurring Mayor Joseph Riley, Jr. to say "The City of Charleston works year round to be prepared as possible for weather related emergencies. We will monitor this event and keep our residents informed of any issues they may need to know. Stay tuned to our local weather and be prepared."
The city is promissing to monitor the storm drain system and keep drainage ways clear and is reminding that folks can request assistance from the Stormwater Division at 724-7367 and in the event of an emergency call 911.
Though keep in mind that during high tide drains on the peninsula have little effectivness as the harbor water level is often just as high or higher than the drain -- unless the drain system is attached to one of the cities three pump stations.
Update September 29, 11 a.m.: The tropical depression has officially become Tropical Storm Nicole and while it's generally headed our way there is a lot of uncertanty about the track of Nicole and just how long it will be able to hold its tropical storm status.
We'll keep you posted on developments, updates you can keep up with on our weather topic page.