At least 11 dead in South Carolina floods, disaster declared 3:52
The deadly, record-smashing rainfall that soaked South Carolina may have finally passed, but the threat was far from over early Tuesday.
Much of the state was still underwater, with more than 20 flooded rivers and 10 failed dams. Gov. Nikki Haley warned residents on Tuesday to “be cautious the next 36 to 48 hours.”
“Don’t let the sunshine fool you,” she said.
Despite only a smattering of rain still falling on Myrtle Beach and the North Carolina coast at 3:30 a.m. ET, forecasters warned some areas could still see rising water levels as the flooding flowed down to the coast.
“Anywhere from mid-state down toward the coast may well see rising waters throughout the week,” Weather Channel lead meteorologist Kevin Roth said. “This will take until at least Friday, if not the weekend.”
At least 16 people have been killed — 14 in South Carolina and 2 in North Carolina — in what experts have deemed a “1,000-year flood event,” meaning in any given year there is a 1-in-1,000 chance of that much rain.
Countless weather records have been broken, including the South Carolina’s rainiest day on record.
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Six rivers were in a state of major flood early Tuesday, with seven in moderate flood and eight in minor flood, according to the National Weather Service. Charleston and other parts of coastal South and North Carolina were under flood warnings on Tuesday afternoon.
At least 10 dams had failed — meaning they had entirely collapsed — across South Carolina, according to the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Haley said the main danger posed by the lingering water was to people who tried to drive through flooded roads in their cars.
“What we are starting to see is people are starting to move barriers and drive through them … this is not safe,” she said.