BLOG: Latest Storm Reports Around the Midlands

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Tropical Storm Hermine is bringing heavy rain to the Midlands, and is expected to impact the area for the rest of the day.

We'll be posting here updates from our reporters, emergency services, and the pictures that we'll be getting from you.

The Latest:

Band of heavy rains are moving through the area, and more intense precipitation is still on tap. Right now, a flash flood watch has been issued for the Midlands through 6 a.m. Saturday. 

A high wind warning is in effect until 2 a.m. for much of the southern Midlands.

Turn Around, Don't Drown:

Here are some driving safety tips to keep in mind: Flood Driving Safety Tips

Report Outages:

We've gotten reports of outages already throughout the Midlands. We have a full list of where you can can report if your lights are out. CLICK HERE


8:03 p.m.

Hermine moving out of the Midlands after dumping as much as eight inches of rain in some spots

7:30 p.m

Ponding caused some brief problems at the Shandon Crossing Apartments in Columbia. That's the same place that flooded out during last October's disaster.

5:35  p.m. 

This graphic shows wind gusts around the Midlands. Sumter reported a gust of 54 MPH. 

5:25 p.m.

Janae Frazier reports that a tree fell on Crepe Myrtle Way, splitting this home right open. 

5:15  p.m. 

Latest Doppler estimates of rain totals so far. Some areas got 8 inches! And the rain hasn't stopped falling.

5:00  p.m. 

A shopping center off Devine Street in Columbia is closed. Those stores are right near the Gills Creek, an area that was completely underwater last fall.

4:35  p.m.

A LOT of trees down out there. Here'a pic of SCDOT crews clearing a section of Poultry Lane at Griffin Creek in Eastover

4:15 p.m. 

SCDOT is closing a section of US 521 under the US 76/378 overpass in Sumter County due to flooding

3:30 p.m. 

Boulevard Street in Orangeburg across from SC State University has been closed due heavy rains. 

3:20 p.m. 

Flash flood warning for Richland, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Lexington, Clarendon, and Sumter Counties until 6 PM. DO NOT attempt to cross water-covered roads!

3:00 p.m. 

Officials with the Columbia Metropolitan Airport are advising passengers to check with their airlines. There are delays and cancellations around the region that are affecting flights.

2:50 p.m.

Some road in Pelion have water on them. Crews are monitoring the progress of the water.

2:40 p.m.

The SCDOT is monitoring Corley Mill Road in Lexington County. That's not far from the Lake Murray Dam. 

You may know that area is usually flood prone. 

2:30  p.m. 

Rain coming down hard up in Camden. Chuck Ringwalt reports from there. 

2:15 p.m.

Some street flooding in Orangeburg near Highway 301. Officials are blocking lanes.

2:01 p.m.

Getting heavy rain near Lake

1:50 p.m.

There's some ponding along Rosewood Drive near the Gills Creek. Water no where close to the bridge yet, but we'll be watching that area as the day goes forward. We know what happened there last October.XXXXXXXXXXXXXX


1:20 p.m. 

We're hearing more and more reports of downed trees. The soggy ground, combined with the gusty winds, is bringing some of those structures down.

1:05 p.m.

As of 1 p.m., there were 21,000 power outages due to Hermine.

1:00 p.m. 

UPDATE: The warning has since expired. No threat anymore. 

Tornado Warning! The warning was issued for Sumter and Lee Counties until 1:30 p.m. everyone there should take cover!  

12:58 p.m.

Rain is picking up in Lexington. Over on Corley Mill Road, deputies are monitoring the road there. That are is flood prone. 

12:00 p.m.

Winds are picking up throughout the area. Over at the SCEMD offices in Lexington County, they reported some gusty conditions. 


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