As a hurricane pounds Florida, Ian is anticipated to intensify once again as it moves northeast.
On Thursday morning, deadly Hurricane Ian was downgraded to Tropical Storm Ian and moved off Florida’s East Coast by 11 a.m. Despite this, the storm continued to drop record amounts of rain and cause “catastrophic flooding” in the area. Rising floodwaters caused home rescues and stranded vehicle rescues throughout Central Florida. and Volusia County law enforcement reported the first fatality in the region. However, the statewide death toll has not yet been calculated after the hurricane’s storm surge devastated the Gulf Coast.
In a 5 a.m. alert, the National Hurricane Center said, For the remainder of Thursday and Friday, much of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are still in “risk of life-threatening storm surge.” Residents are warned that a tornado or two will be possible Friday across the coastal Carolinas.
Storm surge warmings are still in effect by the National Hurricane Service.
At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Ian was located near latitude 28.7 North, longitude 80.4 West. Ian is moving toward the north-northeast near 9 mph (15 km/h). A turn toward the north is expected late today, followed by a turn toward the north-northwest with an increase in forward speed Friday night. On the forecast track, Ian will approach the coast of South Carolina on Friday. The center will move farther inland across the Carolinas Friday night and Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Ian is expected to become a hurricane again this evening and make landfall as a hurricane on Friday, with rapid weakening forecast after landfall.
The White House reports, “Damage assessments are continuing in other places, and additional areas may be identified for help after the evaluations are fully completed.” President Biden declared the area a major disaster.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said, “You’re looking at a storm that’s changed the character of a significant part of our state, and this is going to require, not just the emergency response now, and the days or weeks ahead, I mean this is going to require years of effort, to be able to rebuild, to come back.”
For 20+ yrs this was our home away from home at least 1x sometimes 2x/yr.This place gave us a lifetime of beautiful memories I will be forever grateful for but our hearts are broken for you, Fort Myers Beach.Praying that everyone was able/willing to evacuate! #FortMyersBeach #Ian pic.twitter.com/GD4EkiKX82
— Elizabeth Ellis (@ElizabethElllis) September 29, 2022
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