Surveying Elsa’s Impacts in CharlestonJuly 8, 2021
The remnants of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Elsa passed through Charleston last night and early this morning, and they packed a much bigger punch than I was expecting. There were several tornado warnings issued during the night, and the rain came in heavy downpours. Around 5AM, power went out at my house as one of her last bands moved through. As soon as the conditions began to stabilize, I headed out to assess the impacts. The flooding was widespread throughout the peninsula in the areas that usually flood, but it was not as bad as it could’ve been. In fact, the flooding from early June of this year seemed significantly worse. Weather Underground weather stations show that between three and four inches on the Peninsual since midnight, and there are some CoCoRaHS stations in West Ashley that indicate over six inches.