By Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2020

CHARLESTON. S.C. (AP) - Several Charleston streets were closed Saturday because of high tide flooding that is expected to continue through Monday morning.

The Charleston Police Department announced that the roads were closed. The streets were later reopened, but the police department cautioned that flooding could continue during high tides on Saturday evening, Sunday and Monday morning.

The National Weather Service forecasted high tides, at and above, eight feet into the weekend and through Monday morning. City officials said the 8.7-foot tide forecast for Sunday morning is potentially the third highest non-tropical high tide since 1934.

The tidal flooding could make streets impassable, damage cars and strand motorists, city officials warned

“Through the weekend and into Monday, we urge motorists to plan their travel away from areas that flood and avoid placing themselves and their cars in a precarious situation,” city Emergency Director Shannon Scaff said.

The city opened parking garages so residents could park for free to keep their cars out of flood waters.

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