Although Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm, her effects were felt in the Lowcountry as parts of her outer bands blew through Beaufort, SC on Monday and brought a lot of water, wind and rain along with it. There’s a lot of flooding throughout the area, along with property damage, power outages with trees and some poles down all over. Some boat docks are gone and it will most likely be a few days before the full extent of the damage can be determined.
Wind wasn’t the problem as much as water is across Beaufort. A surge larger than Matthew’s 2016 surge arrived between 1 and 2pm and brought flooding all over the area including the sea islands. Sea Island Parkway on Lady’s Island near the airport was flooded out as was parts of the causeway at Parris Island. Flooding occurred throughout the northern part of the county and several downtown Beaufort businesses were under water as well.
Here in the upstate we had wind gusts and down pours of rain, some damage and power was out in some homes but all in all we were lucky♦