Hurricane Ian was moving toward South Carolina on Friday morning after wreaking havoc in southwest and central Florida, causing devastating damage.
The National Hurricane Center said that Ian, which achieved hurricane status after a brief period as a tropical storm, was a “life-threatening storm” along the Carolina coast with “flooding rains” in South and North Carolina and Southern “And can bring storm conditions. Virginia. It issued a hurricane warning for the entire South Carolina coast.
And Ian may have more in store for Florida: “Head to record river flooding will continue in central Florida through next week,” the center predicted.
CBS News confirmed six deaths from the storm in Florida as of Friday morning.
Ian “could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida history,” President Biden said Thursday.
As of 5 a.m. Friday, Ian’s center was about 145 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. The Hurricane Center said it was moving to the north-northeast at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.
CBS News weather producer David Parkinson said Ian is forecast to make landfall somewhere near Charleston, South Carolina, in the mid-afternoon Friday.
But it should “weaken rapidly” after landfall and dissipate by Saturday night, the hurricane center noted.
Ian made landfall in southwestern Florida on Wednesday as a major Category 4 hurricane, then exploded across the state. It Was One of the Most Powerful Hurricanes Ever in America
People were imprisoned in homes. The devastating floods are visible in the video and images.
According to poweroutage.us, more than 2 million homes and businesses were out of power as of Friday morning.