Hurricane Ian was headed for South Carolina on Friday morning after pummeling southwestern and central Florida, leaving catastrophic damage in its wake.
The National Hurricane Center said Ian, which regained hurricane status after a brief stint as a tropical storm, could bring “life-threatening storm surge” and hurricane conditions to the Carolina coast along with “torrential rain” in Carolina. South and North and South Virginia. Issued a hurricane warning for the entire South Carolina coast.
And Ian might have more in store for Florida: “Flooding from major rivers to record will continue in central Florida through the next week,” the center predicted.
CBS News confirmed six storm-related deaths in Florida as of Friday morning.
Ian “could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida history,” President Biden said Thursday.
Ian’s center was about 145 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, as of 5 a.m. Friday. It was moving north-northeast at 9 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, the hurricane center said.
Ian is forecast to make landfall somewhere near Charleston, South Carolina, by mid-afternoon Friday, CBS News weather producer David Parkinson said.
But it should “rapidly weaken” after making landfall and dissipating on Saturday night, the hurricane center said.
Ian made landfall in southwest Florida on Wednesday as a major Category 4 hurricane and then swept across the state. It was one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the US.
People were trapped in houses. Videos and images showed devastating floods.
More than 2 million homes and businesses remained without power Friday morning, according to poweroutage.es.