CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston and North Charleston’s mayors are urging residents to not leave their home unless they have to.
“We have extensive flooding,” said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, “the worst flooding that I have seen in the 21 years that I’ve been mayor.” Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley agreed saying that he though the flooding was even worse than Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
President Obama declared a State of Emergency in South Carolina on Saturday and ordered federal aid to help state and local efforts. Mayor Riley said they are currently working to assess damage for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will be operating out of the new North Charleston Public Works facility.
“What we are out doing now is assessing some of the damage while the water is still here so that when FEMA comes in, we will have pictures to show them,” said Summey.
Storm Team Meteorologist Josh Marthers said on top of the heavy rain and flooding, there is a continued risk for a few thunderstorms to briefly become severe. He said the possibility of an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
“It’s going to get worse,” said Summey. “Please stay in. Don’t come out unless you have to.” He said the city will be going under a curfew tonight, beginning at 10pm until 6am Monday morning.
Charleston city offices said offices are expected to be open Monday, but most schools have already opted to cancel classes.