• FORECAST: High winds main concern Sunday

    Updated:

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Flash Flood Warning for Lancaster County in SC is in effect until 1:30 p.m. Sunday. A flood watch remains in effect from Charlotte southward until Monday morning.

    WEATHER UPDATE for Sunday morning:

    The heaviest rain has pushed further south, but we still have the potential for a few showers Sunday.

    Our main concern will be more trees falling over throughout the day due to stronger winds and a saturated ground. It will stay cloudy and cooler Sunday with highs in the mid-60s. 

    https://twitter.com/WSOCWeather/status/650618581466640384

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    Monday: The clouds stick around Monday with highs in the mid-60s. An early shower is possible.   

    Tuesday: Expect more sunshine by Tuesday as we warm back to the upper 70s through the remainder of the work week.

    South Carolina: There have been historic rainfall totals this weekend in South Carolina. A National Weather Service employee reported 24 inches near Charleston.

    The South Carolina Highway Patrol released the following warning about road conditions Sunday:

    The Highway Patrol is continuing to see motorists attempt to travel on the roadways despite warnings. The integrity of the roadways has been compromised resulting in bridge collapses and roads being washed out. Currently, SCHP is assisting local first responders with rescue operations and continues to be inundated with calls for assistance. Trees and power lines are blocking the roads in many areas. Do NOT attempt to be on the roads – even locally. Stay inside.

    The South Carolina Emergency Management Division's command center will be open 24-hours until the flooding subsides.

    Emergency officials opened a new phone line Saturday for anyone to call and ask questions about flooding. You can reach the center at 1-866-246-0133.

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    Update on hurricane Joaquin:

    • The island of Bermuda is preparing for an encounter with Hurricane Joaquin.
    • People on the British island territory on Sunday boarded up windows and stocked up on supplies as the storm moved toward the island as a Category 3 hurricane. Ferries and bus service were suspended, shelters were expected to open and emergency service agencies were on alert.
    • The Bermuda Weather Service reports that the island should start to feel tropical storm-force winds later Sunday. The center of Joaquin is expected to pass about 60 miles from the island on Monday.

    Trees topple on roads, houses in Charlotte area

    A tree caused significant damage to a house in west Charlotte early Saturday morning, Medic said. 

    The people inside the house on Long Grass Court were able to escape.

    Another tree fell on a power line at the corner of south Wendover and Sharon roads, knocking out the power and shutting down the road. Read more here.

    https://twitter.com/JoeBrunoWSOC9/status/650255395357720576

    There were 71 emergency tree calls Saturday and 106 total calls within the past 24 hours, the Interim City Arborist for the city of Charlotte said.


    Fate of cargo ship caught in Hurricane Joaquin unknown

    Aircraft have returned to the southeastern Bahamas to resume the search for a U.S. cargo ship with 33 people on board that caught in Hurricane Joaquin.

    U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force planes and helicopters are looking for the El Faro across a broad expanse of the Atlantic Ocean around Crooked Island. They resumed the effort at first light Sunday.

    The Coast Guard found a life ring from the El Faro on Saturday but there has been no other trace of the 790-foot ship.

    Authorities last heard from the ship Thursday. The crew reported they had lost power and were taking on water but said the situation was manageable. They lost communication and have not been heard from since. The ship was headed to Puerto Rico.

     

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