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Charleston area streets closed for flooding

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It's not uncommon for areas of downtown Charleston to flood. That was the reason local officials feared even the minimal impact of Hurricane Irma, even as its track shifted further west.

At a press conference Sunday, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg asked those living in low-lying areas that typically flood to get out.

Early Monday, as Charleston saw the first real impacts from Hurricane Irma, a handful of streets were closed. In some areas there were several feet of water. At the intersection of Line and Hagood, several inches of water floated mattresses likely left out for garbage collection down the street. VIEW CITY OF CHARLESTON STREET CLOSINGS

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Storm surge and high tides are a concern at local beaches, where some erosion is expected. As of 5:30 a.m. there were already thousands of power outages reported.

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