Hurricanes can cause flooding in historic downtown Charleston and other coastal areas through several mechanisms. When a hurricane makes landfall, the strong winds can push water from the ocean onto land, causing a storm surge. This can lead to significant flooding, especially in low-lying areas. In addition, hurricanes often bring heavy rain, which can lead to flash flooding and river flooding. The combination of storm surges and heavy rain can be hazardous, as it can cause widespread and prolonged flooding.
GoPro Footage of Hurricane Ian Charleston, SC
Charleston’s historic downtown is getting struck by Hurricane Ian. Newest footage. Florida officials said that at least 21 deaths were possibly linked to the storm that hit there two days ago — a toll they expected to rise in the coming days.
In historic downtown Charleston, the risk of flooding is increased because the city is built on low-lying land and surrounded by water. The city’s location on a peninsula makes it vulnerable to storm surges and heavy rain, which can cause the water levels in the surrounding rivers and creeks to rise rapidly. In addition, the city’s historic architecture and infrastructure can make mitigating the effects of flooding more challenging. For example, many of the city’s streets and buildings are built at or below sea level, making them more vulnerable to floodwaters.
How about this endlessly long, flooded street?
The full video, including first-person GoPro Hero (Amazon Affiliate Link) footage, is below.