Ian weakened to a post-tropical storm Friday night, the National Hurricane Center said, hours after making landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane. The storm moved inland over North Carolina on Friday night. , bringing the potential of flash flooding and gusty winds to that state.
The Hurricane Center said Ian made landfall near Georgetown, South Carolina, just after 2 p.m. Friday, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. Ian was expected to weaken on Saturday and “disappear early on Sunday,” the NHC reported.
The storm’s center was located 60 miles southeast of Greensboro, North Carolina late Friday night, the NHC reported. It had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving north at 15 mph.
In Florida, the magnitude of the storm’s devastation began to become apparent as rescue missions continued and power and water outages continued. New images on Friday showed extensive wreckage and catastrophic flooding.
State emergency officials announced 21 deaths Friday morning, but they are not sure if all of them are directly related to the storm. In addition, the Volusia County Sheriff has confirmed two storm-related deaths there. As crews continue to search, the death toll could rise as officials learn about Ian’s losses.