Flooding shuts down Charleston, South Carolina as East Coast is battered by storm

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Nearly all of Charleston, South Carolina’s historic downtown was shut down Saturday as heavy rains pounded the southern half the East Coast.

While Hurricane Joaquin is no longer a threat, a separate Nor’easter is breaking rainfall records in North and South Carolina, and the rains aren’t expected to stop any time soon.

According to the National Weather Service, the previous rainfall record in Charleston was 3.28 inches, set in 1994. NWS says 15 inches may fall by Monday.

Brothers Logan Froehler, 17, at left, and Lukas, 11, throw a football while kayaking in their backyard on the Isle of Palms, S.C. on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The National Weather Service says the risk of flooding will continue through Monday morning, especially in parts of North and South Carolina that already have gotten up to 11 inches of rain this week. Forecasters say some areas could see storm totals as high as 15 inches.

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David, right, and Liz Ondaatje stand in the middle of Wentworth Street to take a photo Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. The Ondaatjes came to visit their daughter for parents weekend at the College of Charleston but events were canceled due to the flooding.

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Storm waters squirts from a storm drain in downtown Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The National Weather Service says the risk of flooding will continue through Monday morning, especially in parts of North and South Carolina that already have gotten up to 11 inches of rain this week.

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A driver takes his truck through a flooded street in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.

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Women run to take photos along a flooded walkway in Charleston, S.C.

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Vivian Garvin, owner of Arrow Cleaners, watches as waves of floodwater, caused by vehicles driving, by splashes through the front door of her business, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 in Charleston, S.C. A flash flood warning was in effect in parts of South Carolina, where authorities shut down the Charleston peninsula to motorists.

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Dana Foster, left, and Joshua Baker, right, jog through a flooded street in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.

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Sand bags protect storm waters from the City Market in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.

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Paul Banker, left, paddles a kayak and his wife Wink Banker, as they takes photos on a flooded street in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.

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Waves break over a wall around cars parked on Bay Street in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

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Police set up a barricade on a flooded street in Charleston, S.C.

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Paul Banker, left, paddles a kayak and his wife Wink Banker, right, takes photos on a flooded street in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.

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A driver takes his truck through a flooded street in Charleston, S.C.

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