Charleston closed to incoming traffic in light of heavy rain

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Torrential rains are soaking South Carolina, washing out roads, flooding streets and leading officials in Charleston to close streets to incoming traffic.

Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen says that while the city usually deals with flooding for a couple of hours at a time, this situation could last days. A number of cars were stranded in flood waters caused by rains and high tides.

Almost 5,000 SCE&G customers were without power in the Charleston area.

Meanwhile, forecasters say up a foot of rain could fall along the upper Savannah River valley before the storm passes sometime Monday morning.