Heavy rains soaking region

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Rains continued to fall across the region this afternoon.

Citizens reported some minor flooding problems during the heaviest period of rainfall his morning.

Some creeks and streams were near topping their banks due to so much rainfall in the last 24 hours, causing some flood problems, authorities said.

In Columbia County, Roads and Bridges crews were out all morning working to clearing debris from driveway pipes so the water can run off quicker, officials said.

Stormwater Utility crews have also been out checking creeks & streams where slow runoff has been reported.

Several roads were closed in low-lying stretched, police said.

Earlier today the National Weather Service in Columbia issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for minor flooding and poor drainage areas in Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, Richmond and Columbia counties.

Rainfall has been steady across the region today.

Since 7 a.m. Wednesday 2.67 to 4.7 inches have fallen in Columbia County, officials said.

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are expected tonight, according to the weather service. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Showers and possible thunderstorms are expected to continue Saturday.

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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 11/14/08 - 10:51 am
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Did anyone get any NOAA

Did anyone get any NOAA weather radio alerts or NBC Augusta weather alerts? I have my NOAA set for Burke, Columbia, Richmond AND Aiken county and I received no dangerous weather alerts. Isn't this type of heavy thunderstorm with flood advisories considered dangerous weather? Neither my mother nor I, who have separate systems, received ANY alerts and there has been a dangerous storm sitting over us since 5:15am except for a few minutes about 7am. I would like to know about lightning headed our way so I can unplug appliances and electronic equipment. It's not fun handling electrical cords with lightning striking all around you.

areyoukiddinme
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areyoukiddinme 11/14/08 - 11:14 am
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baroness: your weather radio

baroness: your weather radio will only alert when the NWS issues watches or warnings (severe t'storm or tornado)...I don't think flood advisories will set off the radio; only warnings.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/14/08 - 11:42 am
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Good!! About time. I'm still

Good!! About time. I'm still mad at Bush for sending those hurricanes to New Orleans. The weather patterns have been messed up ever sense. Maybe they're about to straighten out.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/14/08 - 11:50 am
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The blessed rainfall we

The blessed rainfall we received yesterday and today is not a "dangerous weather" condition, Baroness.

aaa
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aaa 11/14/08 - 01:05 pm
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PT: You are right. Bush

PT: You are right. Bush should be investigated for the hurricanes. What did he know? When did he know? How did he know? These are all very important questions. Even if it turns out that he did not have the NWS and the air force brew them up, I'm sure there's a scandal there somewhere. And if not, we can dream one up, post it on a lib blog website and watch the NY Times, CBS, NBC, CNN, ABC, and MSNBC pick it up and run with it. That's how journalism is done these days.

Lou Stewall
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Lou Stewall 11/14/08 - 02:12 pm
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LL, couldn't agree more.

LL, couldn't agree more. Especially pleased to see tons of mud washing out of the horrid P.U.D. near me called, ironically, "The Grove". Ironic because there is not a tree left. Another disgusting project by Charles Dunstan. I pray his karma comes to roost.

mommie2
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mommie2 11/14/08 - 03:59 pm
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People seriously freak out at

People seriously freak out at the slightest drop of rain. Gee...

TEDDY1
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TEDDY1 11/14/08 - 04:11 pm
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yea....we need the rain

yea....we need the rain because if you look around we are drying up..........stop @#@@ about the rain and let it fall...geeeezzzz

TheGeorgian
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TheGeorgian 11/14/08 - 04:47 pm
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Rain, rain don't go away

Rain, rain don't go away 'cause we need you. It gives people the opportunity to snuggle up, make popcorn, watch a movie or maybe bake cookies together and giggle at an old family album. It's a mini vacation from 'Gotta go' and 'Gotta do' for those who don't work nights. So grab a book or someone you care about...or both, and celebrate the rain.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 11/14/08 - 04:59 pm
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To all the naysayers: I

To all the naysayers: I asked about heavy thunderstorms as well as the flood advisory. The storm that hit 30906 qualifies as a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM. Thunderstorms mean lightning. Lightning is dangerous. I know we need the rain, but flooding on the roads is dangerous - ask your local frame shop what happens when rain pools on the roads. I'll give you a clue: it's good for their business. This storm had frequent lightning that continued striking for several hours in my area. I think we should be warned in advance of severe thunderstorms when possible. We had at least 2 probable lightning initiated fires within three miles of here, one on Meadowbrook Drive, one that totally destroyed a church on Richmond Hill Road. Thanks for your negativity and lack of concern for safety.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 11/14/08 - 05:07 pm
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Make that THREE probable

Make that THREE probable lightning caused fires. The last one a local radio station said was on Spruce Street. I celebrate the rain just fine. I just want to know when a severe thunderstorm is approaching, that's why I bought the NOAA radio in the first place!

oldenuff2nobetter
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oldenuff2nobetter 11/14/08 - 05:19 pm
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Lake Thurmond will drop 3

Lake Thurmond will drop 3 feet from all this rain. I rode across the dam the other day and say three catfish jumping over the dam to get a drink of water.

MJ
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MJ 11/14/08 - 07:18 pm
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I find it ironic that, as

I find it ironic that, as much time as some of you spend on here quipping about local news, you act like you're incapable of checking the weather forecast.
"Thunderstorms likely. A few storms may be severe." That's pretty clear to me.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 11/14/08 - 09:02 pm
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The rain is a welcomed

The rain is a welcomed blessing...stop yer griping and enjoy it...sheesh .... made a big pot of veggie soup and the grand-daughter and I will watch the new and improved "Sleeping Beauty"...have a great evening folks and ....count your blessings.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 11/15/08 - 10:05 am
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Check the November 15 story

Check the November 15 story about the lightning we had in our area. FIVE homes near that church that burned to the ground on Richmond Hill Road reported lightning strikes. I live close by. I'm not griping about the rain, I'm complaining that we didn't get NOAA weather alerts of a severe thunderstorm coming so I could prepare for it. That's their job! The thunderstorm arrived sometime before 5am in this area. I shouldn't need to check weather forecasts in the middle of the night. I have a NOAA weather alert radio for that purpose and I want to know if anyone got an alert, because we didn't. You are missing my point.

MJ
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MJ 11/16/08 - 04:04 am
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What would you have done?

What would you have done? Gone to bed in your galoshes and a rain coat? Perhaps invited the Gorton's fisherman over for a nightcap? Put up "No Lightning Zone" signs outside to keep the lightning at bay?

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