Gray skies and rain covered The T&D Region on Saturday, with more expected into the night and Sunday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting rain and possibly thunderstorms on Saturday. Some of the storms can create heavy rainfall. New rainfall amounts of one to two inches are expected.

Into the night, more rain is expected with four inches possible. On Sunday, between three and four inches are possible.

Much of eastern Orangeburg County experienced light to steady rainfall on Friday which turned into heavy rains during the night, Orangeburg County Office of Emergency Services Director Billy Staley said.

By noon on Saturday, a band of showers was making its way through central and western Orangeburg County, but the Holly Hill area appeared to be the area of the county that was most affected by the heavy rains, he said.

On Friday night and by early Saturday afternoon, Holly Hill, Vance and Eutawville had 5.5 to 7.5 inches of rainfall accumulation, according to Chris Rohrbach, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Rohrbach said the city of Orangeburg and its outlaying areas received the lightest accumulation, about two inches.

Western portions of the county, like Neeses, Norway and Springfield received four inches.

Rohrbach said Hurricane Joaquin “doesn’t seem to play much of a role” in the heavy rainfall. Rather, this is a result of a low pressure system and moisture in a system over the Atlantic Ocean.

It’ll likely be Tuesday before the region can expect to see the sun again, Rohrbach said.

The region is still under a flash flood watch until Monday morning, with three-day rain totals of six to nine inches, with a total of 10 inches possible in some places.

Particularly dangerous flooding is possible, mainly along small streams and low-lying locations, plus urban areas.

Contact the writer: 803-533-5570

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Gene Crider is an Orangeburg native. He has been reporting since 1992. Please contact him with story ideas at gcrider@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5570.

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