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Current Watches, Warnings as Hurricane Ian Moves Up to The Carolinas

With 85 mph maximum sustained winds, Hurricane Ian has made its last landfall close to Georgetown, South Carolina. It will keep bringing rare tornadoes, severe gusts, and flooding rain from the Carolinas into some of Virginia. “This is a dangerous storm that will bring high winds and a lot of water,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted. “Be smart, make good decisions, check on your loved ones, and stay safe.”

A 92-mph gust was just recorded by an elevated Weather Flow sensor near Charleston. At 11 a.m. on Friday, Fort Sumter, South Carolina, recorded a gust of 83 mph. South Carolina’s Folly Beach has had wind gusts of high to 66 mph.

In Charleston, South Carolina, wind gusts have been close to 60 mph, but heavy rainfall has led to flooding. Multiple roadways have been closed as a result of flooding and storm surge in the Charleston metro region.
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Ian is expected to produce the following storm total rainfall:

* Northeast South Carolina: 4 to 8 inches, with local maxima of 12

inches.

* Central South Carolina, North Carolina, and southern Virginia:

3 to 6 inches with local maxima of 8 inches

* Elsewhere in Virginia, portions of West Virginia, Washington D.C.,

and Maryland: 1 to 3 inches, local maxima of 5 inches.

At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Ian
was located near latitude 33.9 North, longitude 79.2 West. The
post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the north near 15 mph (24
km/h). Ian is forecast to move farther inland overnight over
eastern South Carolina, move across central North Carolina early
tomorrow and western Virginia by early Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph (110 km/h)
with higher gusts. These winds are occurring primarily over water.
Ian should continue to weaken overnight and dissipate over western
North Carolina or Virginia late tomorrow.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km)
from the center. A Weather Flow station at Oak Island, North
Carolina recently reported sustained winds of 54 mph (87 km/h) with
a gust to 78 mph (126 km/h). STORM SURGE: The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause
normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters
moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach the
following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if
the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…

* Cape Fear River…2-4 ft
* South Santee River to Duck, including Pamlico and Neuse
Rivers…2-4 ft
* Albemarle Sound…1-2 ft

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to
the right of the center, where the surge will be accompanied by
large waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing
of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short
distances. For information specific to your area, please see
products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast
office.

 

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