What the Charleston area can expect from wind and flooding through Monday from Hurricane Irma

As of 11 a.m., a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the Charleston Tri-County area and Charleston Harbor. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the coastal waters off Charleston County out 20 nautical miles.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds 39–73 MPH) are possible within the watch area within the next 48 hours.

This could be upgraded to a warning later today or tomorrow.

Note: Jared Smith of @chswx will do a Facebook Live session on The Post and Courier’s page around 8:30 p.m. Saturday to talk about the impact of the pending weather.

Storm Surge Watch in effect

As of 11am, a Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the Charleston area through Isle of Palms...

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The Benefits Of Moving To Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina is a great place to live and there are many benefits to living there. The cost of living is affordable and there are plenty of fun activities to do when you live there. The weather is great and it has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. Charleston is a great place to live.

One of the best things about Charleston is how great the weather is. The weather is very mild in Charleston and it doesn’t have severe winters like you find in other parts of the country. In fact, the weather rarely goes below freezing. Fall and spring are gorgeous. The summer can get hot and humid, so you are going to want to have air conditioning in the house.

If you love the outdoors you will love Charleston because there are so many different types of landscapes to explore...

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Five things we learned from South Carolina’s win over NC State

Every week South Carolina plays, we will give you five reactions to the action and what it means for the rest of the season. The Gamecocks (1-0) beat N.C. State 35-28 on Saturday in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

The Offensive Tackles Aren’t Half Bad

Against one of the nation’s best defensive lines, which includes standout ends Bradley Chubb and Kentavius Street, South Carolina gave up only two sacks. Neither of those was made by Chubb or Street, a testament to how well left tackle Malik Young and right tackle Zack Bailey played. Young and Bailey were making their first starts at those positions. “They had a really good D-line,” Young said. “They are well-coached, but at the end of the day, I honestly feel like we will play better D-lines in the SEC...

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Charleston state Rep. Jim Merrill resigns ahead of hearing in Statehouse corruption case

Rep. Jim Merrill (right) and one of his lawyers Rep. Leon Stavrinakis wait for the start of Merrill’s December 2016 bond hearing in Columbia. File/Brad Nettles/Staff

State Rep. Jim Merrill of Charleston submitted his resignation from the Legislature Thursday night hours before he is scheduled to appear in court in Columbia in connection to the Statehouse corruption probe.

The resignation note was confirmed by House Speaker Jay Lucas’ office. It is effective Friday.

Merrill is scheduled to be in court Friday morning where the case special prosecutor will hold a hearing regarding the veteran lawmaker, who has been indicted on 30 ethics violations.

Prosecutor David Pascoe would not comment on the purpose of the hearing...

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South Carolina’s crowded backfield has something to prove

Like everyone else anticipating South Carolina’s first football game of the year, Bobby Bentley has seen the Gamecocks’ crowded depth chart at tailback. Now Bentley wants to see what it looks like when it’s not on paper.

“We’ve got talent, but I want to see it on the field,” said Bentley, USC’s running backs coach. “I want to see it in the N.C. State game. I want to see it in the season, not just the talking season.”

The talking season officially ends Sept. 2 when the Gamecocks take on the Wolfpack at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., at 3 p.m. Which running back will start that game remains a mystery with eight days remaining in the preseason.

“We still don’t know the lineup and the rotation,” sophomore running back A.J. Turner said...

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When to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse in Columbia, South Carolina

The total solar eclipse will be in peak view in Columbia, South Carolina at 2:41 p.m. EDT on Aug. 21, 2017. Viewers can expect to see a total view of the solar eclipse.

Check out the interactive below to see when the eclipse reaches its peak, or type in your exact zip code to see what the eclipse will look like from your location.

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Charleston: eclipse nirvana, or eclipse apocalypse?

Larry and Nancy Feinberg of Charleston, S.C., watch storm clouds from the deck of the USS Yorktown, where an eclipse-watching party of 2,500 will gather on Aug. 21. BO EMERSON / BEMERSON@AJC.COM

You’ve heard about some of the problems facing eclipse chasers as they flock to the path of totality across the United States.

Massive traffic jams, eye damage, etc.

Charleston, the Holy City by the sea and perhaps the coolest town in the path of the shadow, presents a few additional concerns.

We’ll get to those in a minute. But first, why would it be a great idea to visit Charleston, S.C., during the Great American Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21?

One: It’s Charleston. A paradise for foodies, beach lovers and history buffs, Charleston repeatedly ranks at the top in best places to visit...

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South Carolina Worried About a ‘Lizard Man’ During Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, people across the United States will bear witness to the Great American Eclipse, the first total solar eclipse that visible in the U.S. since February 26, 1979. However, when that day arrives, South Carolina residents may be more preoccupied with trying to get a glimpse of the rare "Lizard Man." That’s right, a Lizard Man.

The last time someone laid their eyes on the "Lizard Man" was two years ago when a woman spotted the creature after leaving church. She even took the above video as proof of her incredibly blurry findings. The "Lizard Man" has appeared sporadically since 1988 when The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp legend first started.

That year, a 17-year-old named Christopher Davis made the discovery in Lee County, South Carolina while changing a tire...

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Charleston construction firm will build 234,000-square-foot plant for auto supplier in Berkeley County

German auto supplier IFA tapped a local company to craft its manufacturing operation in Berkeley County.

Frampton Construction Company LLC, based in Charleston, will build a 234,000-square-foot industrial plant, to consist of a 17,500-square-foot office and 216,500 square feet of warehouse and manufacturing space. Construction started in May; the project is scheduled for completion by March.

The company helped put together a construction team that includes Keith Corp., project developer; and McMillan Pazdan Smith, project architect.

“Frampton has consistently delivered results over and beyond what they committed to during the negotiation phase...

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South Carolina’s immigrant activists are worried after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ crackdown on sanctuary cities

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens to Howard Augusto Cotto Castaneda, Director General of the National Police during a visit to the National Police Headquarters in San Salvador, El Salvador, Friday, July 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

After an announcement this week by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that amounts to a crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities, South Carolinians who work with the immigrant community are concerned.

Sessions’ order threatens to hold back federal grant money from local and state agencies that do not cooperate with immigration officials.

While no city in the Palmetto State is classified as a sanctuary city — no legal definition exists but they are usually regarded as municipalities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration ...

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