Hurricane Ian is moving toward the East Coast
A resurgent Hurricane Ian battered South Carolina, bringing heavy rain and flooding roads as the death toll from one of its costliest storms in America rose to 27.
The storm broke through western Cuba and spread across Florida before gathering strength in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and striking South Carolina.
While the storm was downgraded to a tropical cyclone earlier on Friday, the agency warned that river flooding would continue throughout central Florida next week. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has issued an emergency declaration for South Carolina.
The hurricane struck Florida as one of the most powerful hurricanes in the state’s history, with wind speeds reaching nearly Category 5.
By one estimate, about 2 million people in Florida were left without electricity – and economic losses could be up to $120bn.
Death toll from Hurricane Ian rises
Independent TV has the latest on Tropical Storm Ian as it continues to wreak havoc across Florida.
Death toll from Hurricane Ian increased, 2.5 million left without electricity
At least five people were left without power and 2.5 million were trapped at home after Hurricane Ian battered Florida with 155mph winds as it made landfall late on Wednesday, Sept. 28. The near-Category 5 tornado broke roofs, flooded streets and homes, collapsed a bridge and damaged power lines. “We’ve got a major disaster declaration for nine counties, but we expect more,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said at a briefing on Thursday (Sept. 29). Emergency services in some areas are still waiting for the winds to drop before responding. Click here to sign up for our newsletters.
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Millions of people live without electricity, warning on generators
The National Hurricane Center has issued a warning to those using generators as more than 2.6 million people in Florida remained without electricity.
“Many residents in Florida are starting to recover afterward” #Ian And many will use generators to provide electricity,” the agency tweeted on Thursday.
“We want to emphasize these generator safety tips. Unfortunately, there have been many indirect fatalities in hurricanes after the fact due to improper generator use.”
LIVE: Biden receives Hurricane Ian briefing at FEMA
Watch as President Joe Biden receives an update on Hurricane Ian’s disastrous path in Florida.
BREAKING: Charleston is ‘closing down’ ahead of Hurricane Ian
The mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, is asking his city to close on Friday as Hurricane Ian approaches.
“This city will have water tomorrow,” said Mayor John Tecklenburg.
No evacuations have been ordered in South Carolina, with Ian forecast to make landfall for the second time on Friday with the state’s minimum storm surge.
Forecasters warned that several feet of sea water could rise in low-lying areas of the coast, such as Charleston.
Floods may rival or even be slightly greater than recent storms.
The Associated Press
Ian to bring ‘deadly’ floods and hurricanes to Georgia and the Carolinas
The latest National Hurricane Center warning said Ian is expected to cause “life-threatening flooding, tornadoes and strong winds in parts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.”
NHC said at 2 p.m. ET that Ian is 275 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, traveling at 9mph with current maximum sustained winds of 70mph.
Massive flood at Universal Studios hotel
Video of a major flood at a hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, was posted by Spectrum News 13.
Clean-up begins in parts of western Florida
Workers clear debris in front of a house after Hurricane Ian passes through the area on September 29, 2022 in Barto, Florida
Ian. Scenes of destruction across Florida in the wake of
Ian. Fort Myers Wharf destroyed by
The extent of damage caused by Hurricane Ian can be seen in a before and after photo of the Fort Myers pier posted on social media by Sean Breslin of Weather.com.
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