St. Simons Island sees record-breaking rain

Coastal Georgia, including Glynn County, is under a flood watch until 7 a.m. Monday.

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Coastal Georgia, including Glynn County, is under a flood watch until 8 a.m. Monday. As of 6 a.m., the total rainfall hit more than 4.3 inches.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service Jacksonville tweeted that the St. Simons Island was seeing record-breaking rain totals.

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There doesn’t appear to be any flooding on the roadways, but there are areas where water is pooling on the sides of the streets.

With the continuing rain, it is something drivers should keep an eye out for when heading to work Monday morning.

“The bad thing, I guess, about the island, is that it is so flat and puddles up really quickly, so you’ve got to be really careful while you’re driving,” said resident Patrick Jeter.

Locals like Jeter said it’s been raining nonstop.

“I mean, it has literally been raining all day,” he said.

For this time of the year, some say the constant rain seems out of the ordinary.

“I’m used to the tropical showers in the afternoon, most of the months, but the winter is a little bit colder,” said David Meier, who lives in Brunswick. “Sometimes there’s a cold snap and (there’s) not as much rain, usually.”

According to the National Weather Service, St. Simons Island hit the highest daily rainfall on record for the month of December.

As of 6 a.m. Monday, the total rainfall hit more than 4.3 inches.

The last daily rainfall record for the month of December was set back in 1997 at 3.27 inches.

“I’m glad something good is coming out of it, so we’re holding a record for being wet,” resident Marvin Brock said.

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