Reports indicated there were about 2 feet of water on the two-lane road.
The Halifax-based centre plans to reassess the situation on Saturday. Also, NCDOT said there will be no Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry service until the road is reopened.
“This has very little to do with the hurricane itself”, Horne said.
The city planned to open shelters at 3006 W. Cold Spring Lane and 1400 E. Federal St.
For motorists tempted to drive during the deluge, Charleston County’s government tweeted the urgent message, “Please stay HOME”.
After pausing briefly, he flatly said, “I don’t know”.
This event could in large part resemble the fatal August 2014 deluge that claimed two lives – not the traditional early-fall tropical storms that pass through the Upstate, National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Horne said. Rainfall and heavy winds are expected to last through the weekend. This is known as coastal flooding.
In Virginia, the state Department of Transportation has temporarily suspended ferry service at the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry. Friday, keep the umbrella with you and plan on a jacket with periods of rain and drizzle.
Even if Hurricane Joaquin heads out to sea, the state could experience significant flooding from heavy rains, said Kim Stenson, South Carolina Emergency Management Division director. Rainfall is expected to be about 12-18 inches over the central Bahamas, but a few areas could see as much as 25 inches, the Hurricane Center said. The flooding threat will continue into next week as rainfall collects in swelling creeks and rivers.
Gov. Haley declared a state of emergency in anticipation of major flooding.
Charleston is bracing for the rains expected to inundate the area during the next couple of days. It was forecast to surpass 5 feet, a “moderate” level of flooding, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. At least two to four additional inches of rain was expected by noon.
Charleston will be especially hard hit, but heavy rain will penetrate all the way inland to Columbia, more than 100 miles away.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for Berkeley and Charleston counties in South Carolina early Sunday.
The storm is now a Category 3 and is in the Bahamas.
Earlier in the week, forecasters thought the storm could make landfall in the US, but they’ve backed off those predictions.
Forecasters are now predicting Hurricane Joaquin will likely move further east, away from any land along the East Coast.
Lt. Jeff Gordon said Friday morning that the passenger who died was 72-year-old Saeideeh Sharifian of Fayetteville.
Emergency officials are encouraging people to take the threat of floods seriously in Greenville even though the storm itself will largely be confined to a lot of rain.
As South Carolina residents hunkered down, up to 500 residents were evacuated in coastal Brunswick County, North Carolina, that state’s governor said.
The driver of the second vehicle was not hurt.
A C-130 airplane searched for the vessel but was unable to make contact, said Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor.
“Our state has seen the damage that extreme weather can cause time and time again – and I am urging New Yorkers to take precautions for more heavy storms in the coming days”, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.
Officials say they received a message from the British coast guard about the Bolivian-flagged cargo ship Minouche. There were no major injuries reported.
The Savannah, Ga., metro area is also under a flash flood watch through Saturday night; the area is also at high risk for rip currents.
The storm was blamed for the death of Sylvia Arteaga, 56, drowned in a flash flood under a railroad bridge in Spartanburg, South Carolina, while driving home from the night shift. Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia were under states of emergency.
Forecasters say a heavy rainstorm parked over the region will pull moisture from an approaching Joaquin and affect the hurricane’s course.
Rain is forecast for the area through Monday, with sunny skies returning Tuesday.