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Storm floods streets around Savannah

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Several streets around Savannah were flooded. Several streets around Savannah were flooded.

Heavy rains came pouring down overnight in Savannah, and it caused major flooding in some of the usual places.

Residents all across the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry could hear the sound of rumbling thunder, heavy downpours and pops of lightning overnight.

At Oglethorpe and Abercorn Street, one of the trouble spots downtown, people Wednesday morning could not see how deep the water was and several hydroplaned.

A pump truck had to be brought out to remove the water from that busy intersection.

Over on 37th Street near Paulsen Street, bad flooding caused traffic to slow down, as cars sprayed water everywhere.

Front yards flooded there and WTOC measured about a foot of standing water.

It seems the worst area for flooding in Savannah was at Victory Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Several feet of water covered streets there and all cars were forced to turn around in that area. 

Elsewhere in Chatham County, Savannah-Chatham Metro Police said they think lightning caused traffic lights to go out at the intersection of Chatham Parkway and US 80 in Garden City.

An officer directed traffic for a little while during morning rush-hour, but eventually the city put up stop signs.

In Jeff Davis County, schools were canceled classes due to Wednesday's weather. Staff reported to school at 10 a.m.

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