Ian arrives in North Carolina after bringing flooding, damage to South Carolina; death toll rises in Florida

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Ian weakened to a post-tropical storm Friday evening National Hurricane Center said, hours after making landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane. The storm moved inland across North Carolina Friday night, bringing the potential for flash flooding and gusty winds to that state.

The hurricane center said Ian made landfall near Georgetown, South Carolina, just after 2 p.m. Friday with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. Ian was expected to weaken Saturday and “dissipate early Sunday,” the NHC reported.

The center of the storm was 60 miles southeast of Greensboro, North Carolina late Friday night, the NHC reported. It had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving north at 15 mph.

In Florida, the extent of the devastation from the storm began to become apparent as rescue missions continued and power and water outages continued. New images on Friday showed extensive wreckage and catastrophic flooding.

State emergency officials announced 21 deaths Friday morning, but they are not sure if all are directly related to the storm. Additionally, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed two storm-related deaths there. As crews continue to search, the death toll could rise as officials learn more about the losses from Ian.

Following Hurricane Ian as it hits South Carolina


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