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Live Updates: Ian Becomes a Hurricane Again as It Threatens South Carolina

Ian regained its strength and became a hurricane, again, on Thursday night. The storm is forecast to hit South Carolina, where a hurricane warning it was issued for the entire coast, after leaving a massive wake of destruction in Florida.

Ian’s center was located about 185 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, as of 11 p.m. Thursday. It was moving northeast at 10 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, the the National Hurricane Center said. Sustained winds of 74 mph are needed for a storm to reach hurricane status.

Ian is forecast to make landfall somewhere near Charleston, South Carolina, around 2 p.m. Friday, CBS News meteorologist David Parkinson said. It will produce life-threatening flooding, storm surge and high winds in parts of Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina, according to the hurricane center.

It is forecast to “rapidly weaken” late Friday and early Saturday, the hurricane center said, as it moves inland across the Carolinas.

On Wednesday, Ian initially made landfall in southwest Florida as a major Category 4 hurricane and then moved 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. And wide swathes of the state — more than 2.6 million homes and businesses — were without power Thursday, according to poweroutage.es.

Ian “could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida history,” President Biden said Thursday.

“The numbers are not yet clear, but we are hearing the first reports of what could be a substantial loss of life,” the president said after being briefed by FEMA officials.

CBS News has confirmed two storm-related deaths in Florida as of Thursday night.

Hurricane Ian leaves catastrophic damage and flooding in Florida


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