- Ian will now move inland over the Carolinas.
- Heavy rain, storm surge flooding and strong winds are threats in the Carolinas.
- Heavy rain will be a threat as far north and west as Virginia and the Appalachians.
Ian is now moving inland across the Carolinas after making its final landfall near Georgetown, South Carolina, as a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph earlier this afternoon. It will continue to pack threats of flooding rain, storm surge, strong winds and isolated tornadoes from the Carolinas into parts of Virginia.
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Ian is now a tropical storm system moving north through the Carolinas.
An elevated WeatherFlow sensor near Charleston recently reported a wind gust of 92 mph. Fort Sumter, South Carolina, measured a wind gust of 83 mph at 11 a.m. Friday. Folly Beach, South Carolina, has experienced wind gusts up to 66 mph.
Wind gusts have been near 60 mph in Charleston, South Carolina, but high rainfall has created flooding.
Several roads have been closed due to flooding in the Charleston metro area and the combination of storm surge.
From there, it will weaken into a remnant area of low pressure over North Carolina on Saturday.
Current watches, warnings
A storm surge warning remains in effect along the coast from the South Santee River north to Cape Fear, North Carolina, including the lower Neuse River in North Carolina. This means that life-threatening flooding is expected from rising waters moving inland from the coastline.
Tropical storm warnings continue from Edisto Beach north and east into eastern South Carolina and most of central and eastern North Carolina. Tropical storm warnings are also in effect for parts of western North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.
Storm surge is expected to continue to cause flooding on the Carolina coast through this evening.
Power outages and some tree damage may occur in areas under tropical storm warnings, especially in the Carolinas.
One factor that increases this threat of downed trees is the expansive wind field of Ian, as you can see in the map below, which is similar to that of a non-tropical coastal low.
Trees will also be felled more easily considering the ground will be soaked by heavy rain.
rainfall, river floods
Heavy precipitation is another dangerous threat from the Carolinas to Virginia and the Appalachians.
Here is the latest rainfall forecast from the National Hurricane Center.
-Northeastern South Carolina: 4 to 8 inches, with locally up to 12 inches.
-Central South Carolina, North Carolina and southern Virginia: 3 to 6 inches, with locally up to 8 inches.
The heavy rains in these areas can trigger flash floods and river floods. Further south, major to record river flooding is expected to continue in parts of Florida early next week.
A few tornadoes are possible Friday in eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.
Hurricane Ian history and statistics
Ian’s start came from a tropical wave in the Atlantic that was fighting hard against dry air and wind shear caused by Hurricane Fiona.
Eventually it became a major hurricane near the west Cuba before bringing its extreme winds and storm surge to Florida.
Ian’s American Landfall
Ian’s eye made its first landfall near Cayo Costa around 3:05 p.m. EDT. Maximum sustained winds were estimated to be close to 150 mph, making it a strong Category 4.
This is the exact same point where Hurricane Charley made landfall in 2004 as a Category 4. Both hurricanes had winds of 150 mph at landfall.
Hurricane Ian made another US landfall at 4:35 PM in Pirate Harbor, or just south of Punta Gorda, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph.
This landfall is tied for the 4th strongest landfall by wind speed for a hurricane in Florida, according to Phil Klotzbachtropical researcher at Colorado State University.
The backside of Ian’s wrath continued to produce additional wave and wind damage in southwest Florida for hours after landfall.
Hurricane Ian made its third and final US landfall near Georgetown, South Carolina, on September 30 with winds of 85 mph.
Gusts from 40 to 80 mph in Key West Tuesday into early Wednesday, where Ian also produced third highest storm surge in over 100 years.
The highest gust was 140 mph in Cape Coral, Florida. The highest reported sustained winds were 115 mph at a private weather station near Port Charlotte, Florida. That station also recorded a gust of 132 mph.
Wind gusts exceeded 100 mph in Punta Gorda, Florida, for 30 minutes at 4 p.m. on September 28 and continued to report gusts over 100 mph into the evening.
Here are some of the most significant gusts:
In addition, winds gusted to 126 mph at Redfish Pass, 112 mph at Naples Grande Beach Resort and 107 mph near Sanibel Island.
Some gusts topped 70 mph in Northeast Florida Thursday, including in Daytona Beach. Wind gusts to 89 mph at an elevated tower at the Kennedy Space Center. Some gusts over 50 mph were clocked in Gainesville and Jacksonville, and over 30 mph gusts have worked their way along the coast of Georgia and South Carolina.
Storm surge inundated many cities in Southwest Florida, including in Naples, Florida, where over 6 feet of storm surge inundation was measured, more than any other storm in that location in at least 50 years. The tide gauge that has since broken.
Water levels reach the top of the first floor of homes in Fort Myers Beach during the eye of Hurricane Ian. This tweet shows the second floor vantage point in Fort Myers Beach:
In Fort Myers proper, however, the storm surge was over 7 feet with high tide this evening. Previously, the highest storm surge was 3.36 feet MHHW during Hurricane Gabrielle in 2001.
Meanwhile, the wind blows offshore and produces a blowout waters in Tampa Bay. Water levels are about 8 feet below average near the Port of Tampa, and many parts of Tampa Bay were dry for most of Wednesday.
The combination of storm surge and rainfall around high tide sent feet of water into the St. Augustine Thursday, where water reportedly entered homes, according to the National Weather Service. St. Augustine Fire Rescue reported water levels in the city were higher than seen during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
In the Carolinas, water levels rose early Friday, September 30, along the northern South Carolina coast and into North Carolina.
Water levels were over 5 feet higher than normal in Myrtle Beach.
Significant storm surge flooding was also reported on Pawley’s Island.
Extreme rain triggered major flooding in parts of central Florida, leading to an emergency in the northern part of the Orlando metro area near the Little Wekiva River. Orlando broke its all-time 24-hour rainfall record, picking up 12.49 inches from 1 p.m. 8 Wednesday to Thursday at 8, according to weather historian Christopher Burt. Up to 19 inches of rain has already fallen in parts of the state.
Here’s a look at some of the flooding across Florida:
Heavy rains from Ian’s track across Florida sent some rivers on the Florida peninsula into major, even record flooding. Widespread flooding occurred on Thursday, September 29 in the Orlando metropolitan area.
The Peace River topped a 1933 record high at Zolfo Springs, about 60 miles north of Ft. Myers. Record flooding was also recorded in the Little Wekiva River near Altamonte Springs on Orlando’s north side, Shingle Creek at Campbell and Horse Creek near Arcadia, Florida.
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