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Rain report: Midlands soaked by frequent storms

Aug 18, 2010 11:48:00 AM - thestate.com
More than one-tenth of the average yearly rainfall has fallen in many areas of the Midlands and Lowcountry in less than a week, according to the National Weather Service.

The afternoon thunderstorms cells seem to be stalling, drenching a small area while areas nearby get only light rain. But the cells have been frequent enough that the heavy downpours have been spread throughout the central and coastal areas of the state.

At least 16 rain gauges monitored by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteers have registered more than five inches from Friday through early Wednesday. The coast and Midlands average around 50 inches or rainfall per year.

Here’s the list of places hit hard in recent days:

Yemassee 9.03 inches, Bennetts Point 9.02, Lexington 7.83, Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station 7.74, Ridgeland 7.64, Mount Pleasant 7.6 (with 5.13 and 5.04 at other Mount Pleasant gauges), Hilton Head 5.96, College of Charleston, 5.85, Reevesville 5.80, Blythewood 5.47 (and 5.05 at a second Blythewood gauge), Blackville 5.31, Bluffton 5.19 and Sumter 5.07.

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