Ian, a hurricane that has strengthened once again, is expected to make landfall in South Carolina, where the entire coast has been under a hurricane warning. In Florida, it caused significant destruction.
The National Hurricane Center issues a “life-threatening” storm surge warning for South Carolina due to Ian. Flooding rains are also “likely across the Carolinas and southern Virginia,” in addition to other things.
Ian hasn’t finished hitting Florida yet, according to the center: “Major to record river flooding will continue across central Florida through next week,”
As of early Friday morning, CBS News had reported six storm-related fatalities in Florida.
Ian “could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida’s history,” President Biden said Thursday.
“The numbers are still unclear, but we’re hearing early reports of what could be substantial loss of life,” the president said after receiving a briefing from FEMA officials.
As of 5 a.m. on Friday, Ian’s core was roughly 145 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. According to the hurricane center, it had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and was moving 9 mph north-northeast.
Friday afternoon is when Ian is expected to make landfall somewhere close to Charleston, South Carolina, according to CBS News meteorologist David Parkinson.
But when it advances onshore across the Carolinas, it should “rapidly weaken” late Friday and early Saturday, according to the hurricane center.
On Wednesday, Ian, a powerful Category 4 hurricane, made landfall in southwest Florida before tearing across the state. One of the most powerful hurricanes to ever strike the United States.
People were confined to their homes. Devastating flooding was depicted in videos and photographs. According to poweroutage.us, more than 2 million homes and businesses were without electricity as of Friday morning.