Hurricane Ian makes landfall for a 3rd time in South Carolina
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Hurricane Ian officially made landfall at 2:05 p.m. near Georgetown, South Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. This is Ian’s second landfall in the United States. It’s the third time the storm has made landfall - first in Cuba as as a Cat 3 hurricane before strengthening and taking on Florida’s west coast, making landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm at Cayo Costa near Fort Myers.
Where is Ian going to go from here?
Ian will continue to bring heavy rains to the Mid-Atlantic through the weekend despite losing tropical characteristics Saturday.
Ian brought Central Florida an estimated 10″ to 20″+ of rainfall earlier this week and flash flood emergencies were issued for many Central Florida counties due to the deluge of water.
Ian is expected to bring anywhere from 2″ to 6″ of rain to the Carolinas.
Storm surge remains a concern for the Atlantic coast, but a weaker Ian means storm surge likely will not be as bad as it was in Southwest Florida. Ian’s projected storm surge will be between 2′ and 6′ from Florida’s First Coast to South Carolina. Storm surge flooding is still expected in Southwest Florida as water slowly recedes on the backside of the storm.
Ian is one of two systems in the basin
The tropics are quiet now across the entire basin. There’s no tropical waves that the National Hurricane Center is watching, but we did have a short lived tropical depression, Tropical Depression Eleven, form in the eastern Atlantic. That storm has since fizzled out.
We’re entering into cold front season. So long as we get a decent frequency of cold fronts, the fronts will help to push tropical storms and hurricanes away.
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