After making landfall in southwest Florida on Wednesday afternoon and being downgraded to some tropical storm on Thursday traversing the central part of the state, Ian entered the Ocean Ocean the overnight and strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane as it barreled toward South Carolina.
Heavy rain and high winds are beginning to hit South Carolina and North Carolina shorelines early Friday as the harmful storm is located about 140 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. The storm is moving north-northeast at 9 mph; Ian has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.
“ Hurricane-force winds are required across the coasts of Sc and southeastern North Carolina starting early Friday, where a hurricane warning is in effect.
“ Hurricane situations are possible tonight across the coasts of northeastern California, Georgia, and North Carolina in which a hurricane watch is in impact, ” Eric Blake, the forecaster at NHC, published in a daily update.
The Carolinas are expected to experience “ life-threatening storm surge and storm conditions” today as the tornado is expected to make landfall this afternoon.
Mike Doll, the meteorologist at AccuWeather, mentioned when the Ian makes landfall north of Charleston, places can expect a 4-7 ft storm surge and rain fall totals up to 8 in ..
According to a White House declaration, President Biden declared an emergency in South Carolina and purchased federal assistance ahead of the storm’s landfall.
Ian’s imminent South Carolina landfall comes after leaving a damage trail across southwest Lakewood ranch. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the storm unleashed a “ biblical tornado surge” that decimated city streets, buildings , and residential homes round the Fort Myers area.
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