South Carolina floods a once-in-1,000-year-event

At least 5 dead, curfews ordered, several interstate highways closed, multiple dam breaches

The Columbia area received up to 14 inches overnight in some places since Saturday, forecasters said. To the southeast, rainfall exceeded two feet since Friday in some areas around Charleston.

A 75-mile stretch of I-95 in the eastern part of the state that is a key route connecting Miami to Washington, D.C. and New York.

Nearly 30,000 customers lost power.

18 thoughts on “South Carolina floods a once-in-1,000-year-event

  1. No need for aliens or WWIII or a banking crisis or runaway global warming. Mother nature is about to slap mankind around, good and proper, with no mercy, and there’s sweet ‘*’all we can do about it. Its happened many times in the past and wiped out dozens of civilisations, just like it’s going to do with our’s. So buckle up for the ride of a lifetime folks. You know Robert, being right about something this important can be a mental burden when you know it will bring about mass misery. But thank you for warning us all about the imminent danger. Your books have been an inspiration. I would rather know what’s coming than stare into the distance in pure ignorance…

    • Amen brother and very good post! Robert has been right so far about precipitation extremes getting worse and that’s what is happening! They say that precip extremes have increased by over 20 percent (probably more now) since 1970. Record rainfall and massive flooding are on the increase worldwide , as well as record snowfall in winter. These extremes will likely continue to worsen dramatically in the next few years as the new ice age unfolds – along with a magnetic reversal. And you know what happens then!

  2. I thought the south got pretty heavy rains often?
    why they could grow cotton and cane so well in time past
    as Aus does in the humid wet areas NSW and Qld

    • No, the south will only get drier and wetter as our world gets hotter and colder. I blame you and your car.

  3. Since Europeans arrived in South Carolina only 300 years ago, what is the basis of this 1000 year stuff? Did the ancient native Americans leave any records?

    • exactly. where are the records going back to 1015? If it is a once in 1000 year event, then it is probably a once in 1000 year event.

  4. Can’t even imagine the total depths if this had the multiplier effect of snow. It was quite cool in New England, they say, not that far away.

    National weather channels are reporting around 2 feet of rain (give or take) for isolated higher terrain.

    • One inch of rain can translate into 10 inches of snow. So 24 inches of rain would have been 240 inches of snow. Twenty feet of snow. Six meters. In one weekend. Good luck escaping from that.

  5. I’m looking at this as a 120-year event. Keeping track of weather logs probably didn’t start until late 1800’s.

    • This is a common mistake, which stems from an inadequate relay of definitions. Scientists suck at communicating terminology nuances to the public.

      You are exactly right in that accurate records of precipitation events have only been around for hundreds of years (not thousands). Saying an event is a 1000 year event does not mean it happens every 1000 years, nor can we expect it to NOT happen again for another 1000 years. Instead, it is an estimate of the likelihood of an event like this happening within a year. So next year there is the same probability of this event happening. Its a very low chance, but its still a chance.

      Don’t take my word for it though!

  6. I was ok although nearly 3ft of water on my culdesac and high standing water on several streets around N Charleston. AC unit had 1 inch of water surrounding it. Any more heavy rains and I would have lost my unit. It was a close one!

  7. we’ll be seeing lots more of this in the future – possibly every few years. It’s called the ice age cycle.
    Precip extremes always increase prior to an ice age – just like we’re seeing now.

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