A deadly rain system is inundating parts of South Carolina and leaving thousands without power. Parts of the state saw a foot of rain in just 24-hours. Fox News correspondent Garrett Tenney is in Myrtle Beach with the latest.
In South Carolina fire fighters are acting more like lifeguards, rescuing people from water instead of with it. Look closely as ropes and a ladder truck are used to save this motorist who didn’t heed the warning, ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’.
Fire Chief Richard Waring says: “If you don’t have to travel today, it’s a good day to stay home.”
More than two hundred people were rescued across South Carolina, after more than a foot of rain fell in the past 24 hours. Even more rain is expected.
In the historic city of Charleston the mayor says this flooding is the worst he’s ever seen and he’s been in office for nearly forty years. Mayor Joseph Riley says this weekend’s flooding is even worse than what happened in the picturesque town during hurricane Hugo in 1989.
Governor Nikki Haley held a late afternoon news conference: “We are at a thousand year level of rain in parts of the low country. What does that mean? We haven’t seen this level of rain the low country in a thousand years, that’s how big this is.”
Emergency management officials issued an alert today asking people to stay off roads and remain indoors unless their homes were in danger of flooding.