Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A steady rain has settled in across the Midlands, and will likely continue through Monday.
The entire area is currently under a flash flood watch that is in effect until 8 AM Monday morning. Some areas near the Congaree River have already been under a flood warning Saturday morning.
The eastern part of South Carolina was hit the hardest on Saturday. Here are a few of the 24-hour rainfall reports from the coast, the Pee Dee and the Lowcountry from early Saturday afternoon.
Little River 16.00"
North Myrtle Beach 15.86"
Mount Pleasant 11.06"
Kiawah Island 10.09"
In the Midlands, the eastern part saw the most of the rain on Saturday. Here are some the 24-hour totals.
Little Mountain 2.73"
Columbia Airport 1.73"
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An upper level low will continue to move to the Southeast, that same low will continue to draw moisture from Hurricane Joaquin. Even though Joaquin will be passing hundreds of miles off the coast, it will still impact our weather indirectly.
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That combination of moisture will lead to a relentless round of rain that will bring more rain to the area on Sunday. When it is all over, we still could see record levels of rain for that short a time period.
Because of those expected totals, people are urged to use extreme caution throughout the weekend, as flooding is likely, even in areas not normally prone to flooding.
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According to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, if there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move.
Prepare your home for a flood by moving essential items to an upper floor, bring in outdoor furniture, disconnect electrical appliances and be prepared to turn off the gas, electricity and water.
Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle could be quickly swept away. One foot of water can cause your car to float off the roadway.
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