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The power outages continue to grow; Charleston more than 28,000 without power

This tree blocked the path of drivers to Edisto Beach Monday morning on Highway 174. (WCIV)

At 1:00 p.m. the power outages continue to grow in the Lowcountry.

SCE&G reports Charleston has 28,779 outages, Berkeley with 1,994, Dorchester has 2,257, Colleton has 6,541, and Beaufort has 26,810 outages reported.

At 5:30 a.m. there were already thousands of power outages reported in South Carolina ahead of Hurricane Irma, with a majority of those in the Lowcountry of the state.

As the area braces from the worst impacts to come later in the day, massive clumps of outages were reported in Charleston County, Colleton County, Beaufort County and Jasper County. LIVE UPDATES @ 10 a.m. and noon

The largest number of Lowcountry outages as of 5:30 a.m. was in Colleton County, where 2,617 SCE&G customers were without power. We can't be sure, but it's possible our weather camera on Edisto Beach went down as a result of that outage. As of that time, our feed from that camera was "offline." Numbers of outages reported by SCE&G had nearly quadrupled by 9 a.m. with more than 20,000 outages reported.

Edisto Beach was one of several barrier islands in Colleton County, Beaufort County and Jasper County ordered to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Tides, combined with some storm surge and several inches of rain are a concern for low-lying areas of the Charleston area. There were already a handful of street closings in downtown Charleston early Monday morning as a result of flooding. Among those -- East Bay at State Street; East Bay between Guingnard Street; East Bay at Cumberland Street and Broad Street between Trapman and Rutledge.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Lowcountry where tropical storm conditions are possible within 24 hours, winds 35-45mph, higher gusts possible.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for coastal Colleton & Beaufort counties where hurricane force winds are possible within 48 hours.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Beaufort, tidal Berkeley, Charleston & coastal Colleton counties as a moderate storm surge is likely in these areas within 24 hours around 2-4 feet, most influential around high tide Monday at 12:23pm.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the Lowcountry.

Check back with ABC News 4 as we continue to follow this story.

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