South Carolina Weather Causing Weekend Amtrak Cancellations
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As more rain arrives in South Carolina, adding to the misery of an already catastrophically flooded state, Amtrak has been forced to cancel weekend trains that pass through the area, according to their latest service alert.
These service stoppages are “due to weather conditions still impacting railroad operations in the Southeast,” per the alert, and apply to trains due to run Saturday, Oct. 10, and Sunday, Oct. 11. No alternate transportation is available.
Palmetto Trains 89 & 90 (Savannah, Ga. to New York City) are canceled as are Silver Meteor Trains 97 & 98 (NYC to Miami) and Auto Train 52 & 53 (Lorton, Va. to Sanford, Fla.).
Silver Star 91 & 92 (NYC to Miami) are delayed, but operating with a normal schedule.
Since the high water-related disaster began unfolding in South Carolina at the beginning of the month, these trains and other Amtrak routes that pass through have seen varying delays and cancellations as conditions fluctuated.
With these latest rains, Weather.com cited a National Weather Service report of an inch falling in 15 minutes over the Columbia, S.C. metro area, causing a flash flood warning Saturday morning.
Also early on Saturday, a creek in central Columbia rose more than nine feet in 75 minutes, flooding a Main Street intersection, the weather network said.
Two inches of rain have fallen so far and according to Weather.com, there are flood watches across most of South Carolina and far southeast North Carolina through Saturday night.
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