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Flash Flood Watch
Statement as of 4:46 PM EDT on October 04, 2015

... Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Monday morning...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* portions of east central Georgia and central South Carolina...
including the following in east ... central Georgia... Burke...
Columbia... Lincoln... McDuffie and Richmond. In central South
Carolina... Aiken... Bamberg... Barnwell... Calhoun...
Chesterfield... Clarendon... Edgefield... Fairfield... Kershaw...
Lancaster... Lee... Lexington... McCormick... Newberry...
Orangeburg... Richland... Saluda and Sumter.

* Through Monday morning

* very heavy rainfall has occurred and a continued threat of
excessive rain will continue into Monday morning. Three-day rain
totals ending Monday of 10 to 15 inches in the midlands will be
common with record breaking amounts in excess of 15 inches in
some areas. In the central Savannah River area of Georgia will
have 2 to 6 inches.

* Particularly dangerous flooding is possible mainly along small
streams and low-lying locations plus urban areas.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

Remember... do not attempt to drive on flooded roads. It takes
Little Water to move a vehicle off the Road and into deeper
water. The Road bed may not be intact under flood waters. On
foot... keep away from storm drains.

Do not take unnecessary risks. Turn around... don't drown.

Record Report
Statement as of 5:31 PM EDT on October 4, 2015

... All time wettest day at Columbia in history...

... Record daily maximum rainfall for the date of October 4th...

A record daily rainfall amount... for the date of October 4th... of
6.71 inches was set at Columbia Metro Airport SC so far today. This
breaks the old daily rainfall record for the date of 2.24 inches set
in 1992. Some additional rainfall may occur before midnight.

This also establishes an all time record maximum daily rainfall
amount for any calendar day at Columbia since precipitation records
began on June 1st 1887. This breaks the old record set on July 9th
in 1959 of 5.79 inches.

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 5:55 PM EDT on October 4, 2015

... All time wettest calendar day at Columbia SC in history...
... All time wettest 24 hour period at Columbia in history...
... All time highest 2 day rainfall total at Columbia in history...

6.71 inches of rain fell so far today as of 5pm... establishing an
all time record rainfall amount for a calendar day at Columbia. The
previous all time record daily rainfall at Columbia was 5.79 inches
established on July 9th 1959.

The 6.71 inches so far today... added to the 3.57 inches of rain that
occurred yesterday Saturday October 3rd... establishes an all time
record 2 day rainfall amount of 10.28 inches at Columbia. The
previous 2 day record amount was 7.69 inches set on August 16-17

Also... the record rainfall amount for any 24 hour period was also
established at Columbia. From 5pm Sat Oct 3 through 5pm sun Oct
4th... 8.70 inches of rain was observed at Columbia Metro apt. This
broke the previous 24 hour rainfall record of 7.66 inches set in
Aug 16-17 1949.

Continuous daily rainfall records began in Columbia on June 1, 1887.
(Hourly and 24 hour period rainfall records began in 1948)

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