PHOTOS: Catastrophic Flooding Washes Across South Carolina
By By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
October 09, 2015, 3:22:37 AM EDT
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Communities across South Carolina have been slammed with catastrophic, life-threatening flooding throughout the weekend.
Some of the hardest hit areas recorded rainfall amounts higher than 20 inches. Major roadways were closed across the state and Gov. Nikki Haley encouraged people to stay home and avoid any unnecessary travel.
Seventeen people were killed as a result of weather-related incidents in South Carolina since Thursday, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety said Wednesday afternoon.
More than 200 swift water rescues have been performed across the state as of Sunday morning according to South Carolina Emergency Management.
The torrential rainfall developed due to a combination of tropical moisture from Hurricane Joaquin and a non-tropical system.
More than 20,000 people were without power in South Carolina into Monday morning.
Flooding has inundated areas along the East Coast over the past several days, including parts of the mid-Atlantic on Friday.
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