Although Hurricane Irma has weakened to a tropical storm, it still poses a serious flooding threat to parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas. Heavy wind and rains inundated South Carolina’s coast on Monday and heavily flooded Charleston.
Charleston is a popular tourist destination with cobblestone streets and antebellum houses in the French Quarter and Battery districts. City police reported dozens of streets closed for flooding, and numerous trees down. Residents were seen wading in hip-deep water or riding small boats down flooded streets
High tide about 1 p.m. Monday crested above 9.9 feet in Charleston, while flood stage is 7 feet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Across the harbor, Isle of Palms reported roads were impassable and that roads typically used for detours are flooded.