Sumter under flash flood watch Thursday-Friday from Hurricane Sally remnants


Sumter County and the surrounding area is under a flash flood watch from Thursday through Friday morning.

As the remnants of Hurricane Sally, which was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved inland from the Gulf Coast Wednesday, the system is expected to spread rain across Georgia and South Carolina before it heads offshore of the Carolinas by Friday evening.

According to the National Weather Service, 4-7 inches of rain are expected across the region with “locally higher amounts in much of South Carolina and eastern Georgia.”

The NWS in Columbia predicts Sumter and Lee counties stand to take in 3-4 inches, while Columbia and Manning will receive 4-6 inches and Manning 2-3 inches.

The main areas of concern for flash flooding are along smaller streams, creeks and in urban areas.

Heavy rain in Sumter is expected Thursday and Thursday night, and forecasts say to be prepared for storms through Saturday afternoon.