Charleston, SC (WCBD) – As Irma makes its way north, the storm brings impact to the Lowcountry Monday.
Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester county saw major flooding and high winds throughout the day.
Storm surge one of the biggest concerns due to a higher than normal high tide cycle, persistent onshore winds and expected heavy rainfall.
And for a good part of the day, we were under a tornado warning.
The winds were so strong that a boat that became the Lowcountry’s icon when Hurricane Hugo washed it some 2 miles onshore was relocated!
The Folly sat undisturbed after it ended up on the side of state Highway 171 in 1989 in the surge from Hurricane Hugo. But Monday, it floated about a half-mile into a dock Monday in Irma’s surge, settling into the marsh.
The boat was unclaimed after Hugo, and people began painting messages on it from marriage proposals to congratulations for graduations and other milestones. There was even a brief controversy this summer as Confederate flag supporters and people against the rebel banner kept painting over the boat.
The boat was painted over the weekend with a message . “Godspeed Florida,” it read. “This too shall pass.”