Hurricane Ian Heads Toward South Carolina As Residents Brace Themselves For The Storm

After slamming Florida, Hurricane Ian barrels toward South Carolina – CNN

Ian, a Category 4 hurricane, is moving toward Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, and is expected to make landfall in South Carolina. More than 20 people have been reported dead so far.

South Carolina and Georgia are bracing for impact from Hurricane Ian, which is expected to make landfall as a category one storm.

In the Carolinas, Charleston International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport were closed Friday morning due to high winds, and Myrtle Beach International Airport reported 90% of its Friday flights canceled.

Charlotte County has one operating hospital and no capacity to accept anyone in the emergency room. 90% of homes and businesses in the county do not have electricity, and there is only one gas station open with a line that is four miles long.

Hurricane Ian is also forecast to bring up to four inches of rain and wind gusts of up to 40 mph this weekend.

Monmouth Gloucester Camden Burlington Atlantic Salem Ocean Cumberland, Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties have been issued rip current statements. Cape May County has been issued a coastal flood advisory.

The National Weather Service says minor coastal flooding is also expected with high tides Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and moderate coastal flooding is also possible during Monday afternoon’s high tide.

High pressure over the New England area moving to low pressure associated with Ian will create fierce winds that will push waves from the Atlantic Ocean towards the coast, causing rough surf, beach erosion and high tide flooding.

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