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Downtown Charleston Under Water: Irma Flash Flood Emergency Declared

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

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.

Another look at flooded Downtown Jacksonville. ???? This is at the corner of Market and Confederate St. pic.twitter.com/qvmr6e1gUG

— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) September 11, 2017

Meanwhile, a flash flood emergency was issued for Charleston County in South Carolina, which includes the city of Charleston, as the storm surge caused extensive flooding there. The ocean in Charleston reached its third-highest level, coming up short of the surge seen in Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

A Flash Flood Emergency has been issued for Charleston County. Portions of CHS Peninsula are being closed down. Travel is unadvised! #SCwx

— NWS Charleston, SC (@NWSCharlestonSC) September 11, 2017

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

Charleston County just suspended all emergency services due to @irma. Sustained winds now at 40 mph

— Bo Petersen (@bopete) September 11, 2017

DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON: Flooding, garbage floating, limbs down. Very dangerous road conditions @DanielleLive5 @Live5News pic.twitter.com/ItGaWPHAfY

— Carter Coyle Live 5 (@CarterCoyleWCSC) September 11, 2017

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

South Battery in downtown Charleston #irma #scwx @Live5News pic.twitter.com/90fd9klx6I

— Sydney Ryan (@SydneyLive5) September 11, 2017

Video of flooded White Point Garden in Downtown Charleston. Source: Corey Lemay #chsnews #chswx pic.twitter.com/RC6ATdA6xB

— Live5News (@Live5News) September 11, 2017

WATCH: High winds and severe flooding near Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, South Carolina

(Via Patrick Spoon) pic.twitter.com/5DZ84KMNff

— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 11, 2017

WATCH: Video shows heavy flooding in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

(Via Diane Koehler) pic.twitter.com/lSVhLYZrsT

— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 11, 2017

Charleston, South Carolina pic.twitter.com/ZG2o5Nnulj

— Southeast Pics (@SouthEastPics) September 11, 2017

Charleston outside Roper Hospital pic.twitter.com/eAm4p4i2eA

— Guitar mama (@sizzelita) September 11, 2017


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