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Storm re-intensifies as it aims for South Carolina after ‘historic’ damage to Florida

Drone video taken in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Sept. 29, shows extensive damage to homes and flooded streets following Hurricane Ian. (Video: Brian Emfinger/Live Storms Media)

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Ian is a hurricane once again — a storm system that re-intensified Thursday evening as it churns toward South Carolina with 85 mph winds and what the National Hurricane Center called “life threatening” flooding and storm surge. It’s set for yet another U.S. landfall, this time near Charleston around midday on Friday.

In its wake, Ian left a path of devastation in Florida — though much of the state is still making sense of the exact toll after rescue missions began Thursday. In an evening briefing, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said “we absolutely expect to have mortality from this hurricane,” but stressed such tolls remain unconfirmed and would become “apparent over the coming days.” There had been more than 700 confirmed rescues thus far, he added.

Here’s what to know

  • The National Hurricane Center said Ian, which is heading toward South Carolina with maximum sustained winds of about 85 mph, should make a second U.S. landfall near Charleston around midday Friday.
  • South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) said Thursday afternoon that he was not ordering any evacuations of coastal communities, but urged residents to prepare as Ian aims for the region.
  • President Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Florida amid what the Hurricane Center described as “catastrophic flooding” over its east and central regions.
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The National Hurricane Center said Ian, which is heading toward South Carolina with maximum sustained winds of about 85 mph, should make a second U.S. landfall near Charleston around midday Friday.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) said Thursday afternoon that he was not ordering any evacuations of coastal communities, but urged residents to prepare as Ian aims for the region.
President Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Florida amid what the Hurricane Center described as “catastrophic flooding” over its east and central regions.

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