A dangerous rainstorm drenching the East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina – cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing scores of roads because of floodwaters. Emergency management officials sent a statewide alert telling people to stay off roads and remain indoors unless their homes were in danger of flooding. Interstate highways were closed by flooding – including a 75-mile stretch of I-95 in the eastern part of the state that is a key route connecting Miami to Washington, D.C. and New York.
Nearly 30,000 customers were without power. The region around the state capital of Columbia was hit the hardest Sunday, with the city’s police department tweeting: “Too many roads to name that are flooded. Please heed our warning! DO NOT venture out!” Local officials said 100 people had been rescued by midmorning from vehicles after trying to cross flooded roads, while state officials reported a total of 200 swift-water rescues around the state. Columbia police said another 200 rescue calls were pending as of midmorning. FULL REPORT