Live Updates: Hurricane Ian is headed for South Carolina

The latest on Hurricane Ian:

MIAMI, Fla. – Major river flooding is expected to continue across parts of central Florida into next week as Post-Tropical Storm Ian continues to move up the East Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

In an update late Friday afternoon, the agency announced that significant other flooding will also occur during the evening in both North and South Carolina, as well as southeastern Virginia, and localized flooding is expected in parts of northwestern North Carolina and southern Virginia early Saturday morning.

Although the intensity of the storm has dropped from hurricane force, agency officials warned of life-threatening storm surge along the coast of the Carolinas on Friday evening.

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KEY DEVELOPMENT:

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– Find more AP coverage here: https://apnews.com/hub/hurricanes

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – A commercial fishing boat anchored in the ocean near Myrtle Beach broke free and washed ashore Friday, but no one was aboard, according to city police spokesman Master Cpl. Tom Vest.

The U.S. Coast Guard was called out to the boat Thursday when it was experiencing mechanical problems, Vest said. Everyone got off the boat and it was anchored in the ocean near 82nd Avenue North. At some point Friday, however, the boat broke free and police began getting calls about the boat as it traveled about 8 miles (13 kilometers) south to the beach near Williams Street, he said.

Officials believe fluid was leaking from the boat and there was a strong odor of fuel, Vest said. Authorities have warned the public to stay away from the boat, saying it was extremely dangerous.

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CHARLESTON, SC – Ian has downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone as it moved across South Carolina.

The US National Hurricane Center says Ian, which cut a swath of destruction across Florida earlier this week, had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 km/h) on Friday afternoon.

Ian hit Florida’s Gulf Coast as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph (240 km/h) winds on Wednesday, flooding homes and leaving nearly 2.7 million people without power.

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COLUMBIA, SC — Hurricane Ian has destroyed at least four piers along South Carolina’s north coast.

The bulk of the waves and surges from the Category 1 storm hit around Myrtle Beach on Friday.

Police said the Pawley’s Island Pier was washed away first. Then local television footage showed sections missing from the Cherry Grove Pier near North Myrtle Beach and the Apache and Second Avenue piers in Myrtle Beach.

A gust of 85 mph (137 km/h) was measured at Fort Sumter, the small island where the Civil War began about 4 miles (6.4 km) from downtown Charleston, the National Weather Service reported.

More than 200,000 customers were without power Friday afternoon in South Carolina as Ian moved ashore.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — University of Central Florida students living in an apartment complex near the Orlando campus left homeless by the flooding retrieved belongings Friday from their waterlogged units. Andee Holbert, her sister and their dog left their apartment Thursday before the water reached their heads. They returned Friday to collect wet clothes in garbage bags and what they could salvage, and loaded them into their father’s pickup truck.

“We still had power, which is scary, and the lights were still on,” said Holbert, a nursing student. “And there’s knee-deep water in there.”

Deandra Smith, also a nursing student, stayed in her third-floor apartment with her dog after being asleep while others evacuated. On Friday, other students helped get her ashore by pushing her through the flooded parking lot on a pontoon. She wasn’t sure if she should go back to her parents’ home in South Florida or find a shelter so she can still attend classes. “I’m still trying to figure it out,” she said.

RALEIGH, NC — Power outages have increased and some coastal rivers rose in North Carolina as heavy rain and winds from Hurricane Ian crept into the state Friday from the storm’s landfall in South Carolina.

Gov. Roy Cooper says adjustments to Ian’s projected path could bring more trouble to central and eastern North Carolina than previously thought. But he says the state’s emergency equipment and services have been staged to maximize flexibility.

He is warning residents across the country to remain alert as up to 8 inches (20.3 centimeters) of rain could fall in some areas with strong winds.

More than 55,000 customers in North Carolina were without power by mid-afternoon, according to PowerOutage.us, which compiles outages nationwide.

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COLUMBIA, SC – Another pier in northern South Carolina has been destroyed by Hurricane Ian’s surge.

Local television footage showed the middle section of Cherry Grove Pier near the North Carolina state line being washed away Friday afternoon by rising waters and crashing waves as Ian went ashore about 80 kilometers down the coast in Georgetown.

The area saw the bulk of the increase as Ian hit the US again with flooded neighborhoods and widespread power outages.

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MIAMI – Hurricane Ian has made landfall once again, this time in South Carolina, after carving a swath of destruction across Florida earlier this week.

The US National Hurricane Center says Ian’s center made landfall Friday afternoon near Georgetown with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 km/h).

Ian hit Florida’s Gulf Coast as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph (240 km/h) winds on Wednesday, flooding homes and leaving nearly 2.7 million people without power.

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Florida officials fear the death toll from Hurricane Ian could rise significantly because of the wide swath of the state inundated by the storm.

After making landfall with some of the highest wind speeds for a hurricane over U.S. territory, the storm flooded areas on both Florida coasts, tore homes from their slabs, destroyed beachfront businesses and left more than 2 million people without power. At least nine people have been confirmed dead in the United States

Florida Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said responders so far have focused on “urgent” searches aimed at emergency rescue and initial assessments, which will be followed by two more waves of searches.

He said Friday that first responders may detect deaths without confirming them.

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CHARLESTON SC — A popular beach pier has broken in the wind and rain that accompanied Hurricane Ian’s arrival in South Carolina.

The Pawleys Island Police Department said in a tweet Friday that part of the Pawleys Island pier had “collapsed” and was floating south.

The beach community was located in the path of Ian, whose gusts knocked out power to thousands across the state Friday, toppling trees and power lines in its path. Earlier Friday, officials closed a causeway connecting Pawleys Island to the South Carolina mainland.

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CHARLESTON SC – Charleston County emergency services were suspended Friday as officials prepared for Hurricane Ian to make landfall on the South Carolina coast.

In a tweet, officials said they were pausing response efforts “due to current wind conditions” and would resume service “as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Charleston police also restricted access to the city’s Battery area, a site on the tip of the peninsula that is home to many historic multi-million dollar homes.

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TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Lightning and team owner Jeff Vinik donate $2 million to Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

The NHL team announced Friday that $1 million each will be donated by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation.

“This is a tragic situation for many families and communities across the state of Florida, but especially in the southwest region of the state,” Vinik said in a statement released by the team. “In times like these, the most important thing we can do is support each other and we hope this donation will help families recover and rebuild in the coming months.”

Ian made landfall Wednesday on Florida’s Gulf Coast, south of the Tampa Bay area. The Lightning postponed two preseason home games and moved the club’s training camp to Nashville, Tennessee during the storm.

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