Florida’s death toll from Hurricane Ian tops 100 as the search for survivors continues

Florida’s death toll from Hurricane Ian tops 100 as the search for survivors continues

October 3, 2022 Satellite view of Hurricane Ian near the Caribbean Islands on 9/26/2022 (Photo: NOAA) (CNN) — The number of people killed in Florida by Hurricane Ian rose to at least 100 on Monday, days after the storm made landfall at Category 4 strength, decimating coastal towns and leaving rescue crews searching for survivors while communities face the daunting task of rebuilding. At least 54 people died in Lee County alone, Sheriff Carmine Marceno said Monday…

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Hurricane Ian death toll reaches at least 94 in Florida, 4 in NC as storm's effects linger

Hurricane Ian death toll reaches at least 94 in Florida, 4 in NC as storm's effects linger

FORT MYERS, Fla. — At least 94 people in Florida have died due to Hurricane Ian, according to local officials. Four people were also reported dead due to the storm in North Carolina, the governor’s office said. Days after the skies cleared and the winds died down in Florida, Hurricane Ian’s effects persisted Monday, as people faced another week without power and others were being rescued from homes inundated with lingering floodwaters. Frustrations mounted in…

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Hurricane Ian rocks waterfront communities in Brunswick County

Hurricane Ian rocks waterfront communities in Brunswick County

October 3, 2022 BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It was a dramatic scene along the waterfront communities in Brunswick County as Hurricane Ian crept toward the Carolinas on Friday. Massive, choppy waves crashed in Ocean Isle Beach before the storm surge breached the dunes and flooded roads. Residents say water rose up as high as their mailboxes. The bridge onto the island closed in the early afternoon because of the storm surge. It reopened around…

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National Hurricane Center: Tropics still active just days after Hurricane Ian

National Hurricane Center: Tropics still active just days after Hurricane Ian

17 minutes ago RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The National Hurricane Center is monitoring two systems in the tropics as people pick up the pieces from Hurricane Ian. An area of low pressure located a few hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Conditions are forecast to be favorable for some gradual development, and a tropical depression is likely to form around the middle part of this week. Further…

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Gas prices up across the US following Hurricane Ian — but prices aren't rising in NC

Gas prices up across the US following Hurricane Ian — but prices aren't rising in NC

The price of gas is continuing to rise across the United States after the powerful Hurricane Ian made landfall three times. AAA predicted last week that U.S. gas distribution could be affected due to a lack of electricity and flooded roads and highways. Before Ian hit Florida, it made landfall in Cuba and brought Category 3 storm conditions to the Caribbean. As a result, BP and Chevron halted production last Monday at offshore oil platforms…

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Who's responsible to fix storm damage to a home under contract?

Who's responsible to fix storm damage to a home under contract?

If your home is under contract and a storm hits, you might be wondering who’s on the hook to fix the damage. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hurricane Ian destroyed hundreds of homes in its path, leaving a trail of destruction from Florida’s Gulf coast to the Carolinas.  No matter how much you prepare, a hurricane or severe weather can damage your home with high winds, flooding and tornadoes. But if your house is under contract, who’s…

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Good Samaritan saves South Carolina wedding plans from Hurricane Ian

Good Samaritan saves South Carolina wedding plans from Hurricane Ian

Two families traveled to the island from Texas and North Carolina and were staying in neighboring Pawleys Island homes when Ian barreled toward the coast. PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — Saturday turned out to be a sparklingly beautiful fall day in Pawleys Island, an idyllic place to hold a wedding sandwiched between the Atlantic oceanfront and expansive marshland that typify South Carolina’s coastal beauty. For two visiting families, the perfect wedding almost got derailed by Hurricane Ian’s…

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Cat. 3 Hurricane Orlene heads for Mexico's Pacific coast

Cat. 3 Hurricane Orlene heads for Mexico's Pacific coast

MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Orlene grew to Category 3 strength on Sunday as it headed toward Mexico’s northwest Pacific coast between the tourist towns of Mazatlan and San Blas. After growing into a hurricane Saturday, Orlene quickly added power, and had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph) on Sunday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. That was slightly below its Category 4 peak of 130 mph (215 kph) earlier in the day….

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San Antonio Zoo mobilizing support to help with Hurricane Ian relief

San Antonio Zoo mobilizing support to help with Hurricane Ian relief

The zoo is sending leadership, an electrician, a welder and additional multi-trade individuals Sye Bennefield Jr Oct. 2, 2022Updated: Oct. 2, 2022 9:14 a.m. The San Antonio Zoo is mobilizing a support unit Sunday morning to the main impact zones of Hurricane Ian in Punta Gorda, Florida Courtesy of the San Antonio Zoo In one more effort of kindness by the Alamo City, the San Antonio Zoo is extending a helping hand to our neighbors out…

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San Antonio Zoo sending team to help with Hurricane Ian recovery

San Antonio Zoo sending team to help with Hurricane Ian recovery

https://media.tegna-media.com/assets/KENS/images/d8a312ff-eaa1-4003-a7b9-769ce726a063/d8a312ff-eaa1-4003-a7b9-769ce726a063_750x422.jpg The zoo is mobilizing a support unit to the main impact zone of Hurricane Ian in Punta Gorda, as part of the Zoological Disaster Response, Rescue, and Recovery. SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Zoo is mobilizing a support unit Sunday morning to the main impact zone of Hurricane Ian in Punta Gorda, Florida, as part of the Zoological Disaster Response, Rescue, and Recovery (ZDR3).  The zoo is sending leadership, an electrician, a welder,…

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Four people killed in North Carolina from Hurricane Ian

Four people killed in North Carolina from Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian on Friday brought down trees, flooded roads and left more than hundreds of thousands of customers in North Carolina without power. Outages were improving slowly on Saturday, but according to Duke Energy, 20% of Wake County was without power at one point. Spokesperson Jeff Brooks said the winter storm in January was the last time we saw that large of a power outage. As of Saturday evening, less than 1% remained without power….

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Dozens of deaths reported after Hurricane Ian slams into Florida, 4 dead in North Carolina

Dozens of deaths reported after Hurricane Ian slams into Florida, 4 dead in North Carolina

At least 72 people in Florida have died due to Hurricane Ian, according to local officials. Four people were also reported dead due to the storm in North Carolina, the governor’s office said. The Category 4 storm slammed into Florida’s southwest coast Wednesday afternoon, causing catastrophic damage, fierce winds and dangerous, record-breaking storm surges. The deaths span multiple counties in Florida, including 35 in Lee County, 23 in Charlotte County, five in Volusia County, three…

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5 on Your Side: What to know before choosing someone to make storm damage repairs

5 on Your Side: What to know before choosing someone to make storm damage repairs

In addition to the thousands of people dealing with power outages, the strong winds and rain uprooted many trees in our area. Here are some of the things to consider if your home has had storm damage: Contact your insurance company Take photos of the damage Tarp the areas of the home if it can be done safely. If you pay someone to do this make sure they have insurance. Keep your receipts for insurance…

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Photos show Hurricane Ian's catastrophic damage

Photos show Hurricane Ian's catastrophic damage

Ian, which made landfall in the United States as a hurricane twice, left many areas unrecognizable after it unleashed catastrophic flooding, powerful winds and a damaging storm surge in Florida and the Carolinas. As search and rescue efforts continue, the storm‘s death toll is rising, and communities are reeling from the devastation.  On Wednesday, Ian made landfall in southwestern Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. After racing across the peninsula and going out into the…

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Rescuers continue search for Hurricane Ian survivors in Florida

Rescuers continue search for Hurricane Ian survivors in Florida

Rescuers searched for survivors among the ruins of Florida’s flooded homes from Hurricane Ian while authorities in South Carolina began assessing damage from its strike there as the remnants of one of the strongest and costliest hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. continued to push north. The powerful storm terrorized millions of people for most of the week, battering western Cuba before raking across Florida from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico to…

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Hurricane Ian moves through South Carolina; clean-up begins

Hurricane Ian moves through South Carolina; clean-up begins

Ian moved through eastern South Carolina throughout Friday. COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ian has left South Carolina after pushing through South Carolina all day Friday, bringing floodwaters to coastal cities and knocking out power to over 200,000 customers at its peak. When it left the state the system still had 60 mile an hour winds but it had been been reclassified as Post-Tropical Cyclone Ian. The effects of the storm are largely the same; however, it…

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See before and after photos of areas hit by Hurricane Ian

See before and after photos of areas hit by Hurricane Ian

NOAA gathered aerial images in the storm’s aftermath to support emergency response efforts. SANIBEL, Fla. — Those wishing to get a closer look at the damage caused by Hurricane Ian can now use a tool by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to view aerial images of some of the hardest hit areas. After a major weather event, NOAA’s aircraft fly over specific areas identified by NOAA in coordination with FEMA and other state and…

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North Carolina Zoo closed until Monday due to Hurricane Ian

North Carolina Zoo closed until Monday due to Hurricane Ian

ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo will remain closed until Monday due to Hurricane Ian. The zoo will reopen Monday with its normal hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In a press release, officials said there was no significant damage to the zoo, but “staff have a tremendous about of debris to remove before reopening to the public.”

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Storm surge in Myrtle Beach, Ocean Isle Beach creates heavy flooding

Storm surge in Myrtle Beach, Ocean Isle Beach creates heavy flooding

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. — As the Triangle deals with downed trees and power outages on Saturday, coastal communities are dealing with the aftermath of flooding from storm surge. The bridge to Ocean Isle Beach closed Friday due to flooding from storm surge. At one point, roads resembled rivers, and there was so much water the street was invisible. The problem was made worse because the surge came at high tide. On Saturday, most of…

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More than 320,000 people without power in North Carolina after Hurricane Ian

More than 320,000 people without power in North Carolina after Hurricane Ian

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Hurricane Ian is gone but in its wake hundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina are without power. The storm is now a post-tropical cyclone and most of its rain has left the state. Some breezy conditions will continue through the weekend. As of 5 a.m., more than 320,000 were without power. That number is down from a peak of more than 370,000 Friday. Duke Energy reports 290,000 people without…

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Fishing boat blown 8 miles down the coast thanks to Hurricane Ian

Fishing boat blown 8 miles down the coast thanks to Hurricane Ian

At some point Friday, the boat broke free and police began getting calls about the boat. MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A commercial fishing boat anchored in the ocean near Myrtle Beach broke free and washed ashore on Friday, but no one was aboard, according to city police spokesman Master Cpl. Tom Vest. The incident happened as Hurricane Ian was coming ashore in South Carolina. The U.S. Coast Guard was called out to the boat on…

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Storm damage: Ian causes flooding, brings down trees across the Carolinas

Storm damage: Ian causes flooding, brings down trees across the Carolinas

The National Weather Service is chronically the storm damage caused by Ian in North Carolina and South Carolina Friday. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ian, which made landfall in South Carolina Friday, caused flooding, storm surge, and wind damage across both North Carolina and South Carolina Friday. Around Charlotte, Ian caused mostly wind and tree damage. Some of the most significant verified storm reports included a tree that fell and destroyed a mobile home on Sanibel Road….

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Coast Guard prepares for "the second front of a war" as Hurricane Ian heads north

Coast Guard prepares for "the second front of a war" as Hurricane Ian heads north

Coast Guard crews are busy at work as rescue missions continue following the devastation of Hurricane Ian. The powerful storm has brought catastrophic flooding, strong winds and storm surge to areas in Florida and was forecast hit South Carolina on Friday. “It’s a challenging mission, but our crews are highly trained and well-equipped for this,” Rear Admiral Brendan McPherson, who serves as commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District, told “CBS Mornings” on Friday. “I…

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Do you have the right insurance coverage for a hurricane?

Do you have the right insurance coverage for a hurricane?

The financial impact of Hurricane Ian is not fully known, but will be significant. And you’re thinking about adjusting your insurance coverage right now you probably can’t. Once a storm threat becomes a watch or warning it’s often too late to get a new policy or make changes to an existing one. Believe it or not this is a common practice, and it’s for the very reason that insurance is meant for unforeseen or unknown…

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Hurricane Ian Continues Impacting Parts of the Texas Gulf Coast

Hurricane Ian Continues Impacting Parts of the Texas Gulf Coast

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Hurricane Ian has drifted off to the eastern coast of the United States, and marine conditions across the Middle Texas Coast will gradually improve over the coming days. Locally, a Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect through 1:00 a.m. Saturday and a HIGH-Risk Rip Current Advisory will remain effective until 7:00 a.m. Saturday. Minor coastal flooding continues along the Gulf-facing beaches during high tide producing dangerous swimming conditions. Residents visiting the…

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Hurricane Ian downgraded to post-tropical cyclone, will still dump rain in Charlotte through Friday night

Hurricane Ian downgraded to post-tropical cyclone, will still dump rain in Charlotte through Friday night

Ian made landfall in Georgetown, South Carolina, battering the coast with 85 mph winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surge. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The eye of Hurricane Ian made landfall on the South Carolina coast near Georgetown just after 2 p.m. Friday, the National Hurricane Center confirmed, slamming the Carolinas with 85 mph winds and gusts around 100 mph. By 5 p.m., Ian was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. According to the National Hurricane Center,…

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Live streams to watch as Hurricane Ian moves across the Carolinas

Live streams to watch as Hurricane Ian moves across the Carolinas

With all of South Carolina’s coast under a hurricane warning, a steady stream of vehicles left Charleston on Thursday, many likely heeding officials’ warnings to seek higher ground.  Here are some Carolina live cams as Ian moves across the Carolinas Friday:  The Frying Pan tower is a nonprofit restoration for education purposes. All of WCNC Charlotte’s podcasts are free and available for both streaming and download. You can listen now on Android, iPhone, Amazon, and other…

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‘Mattress Mack’ collecting supplies for Hurricane Ian victims in Florida

‘Mattress Mack’ collecting supplies for Hurricane Ian victims in Florida

Patricia Ortiz / Houston Public Media Houstonians are taking time out of their day to drop off various goods and supplies to support those in need after Hurricane Ian. Gallery Furniture’s Mattress Mack says they will be collecting clorox, water, shovels, non-perishable foods, among other supplies for several weeks, or as long as it’s needed. Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, the owner of Gallery Furniture, is helping the victims impacted by Hurricane Ian by hosting a…

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Hurricane Ian downgraded to post-tropical cyclone, will still dump rain on Charlotte through Friday night

Hurricane Ian downgraded to post-tropical cyclone, will still dump rain on Charlotte through Friday night

Ian made landfall in Georgetown, South Carolina, battering the coast with 85 mph winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surge. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The eye of Hurricane Ian made landfall on the South Carolina coast near Georgetown just after 2 p.m. Friday, the National Hurricane Center confirmed, slamming the Carolinas with 85 mph winds and gusts around 100 mph. By 5 p.m., Ian was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. According to the National Hurricane Center,…

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Wilmington sees flooding along Water Street

Wilmington sees flooding along Water Street

September 30, 2022 Flooding along Water Street in Wilmington (Photo: City of Wilmington) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ian is slowly pulling away from the Cape Fear, but it’s left its mark on the area. In addition to storm surge and damage around the area, the City of Wilmington was flooded due to storm surge. The worst of the flooding was seen along Water Street. Road closures are in place for Water Street, Airlie Road and…

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Downed trees, power outages spread across the Triangle as Tropical Storm Ian arrives in NC

Downed trees, power outages spread across the Triangle as Tropical Storm Ian arrives in NC

Hazardous conditions continue to spread into central North Carolina from Tropical Storm Ian. Ian made landfall as a category 1 hurricane just after 2 p.m. ET Friday near Georgetown, South Carolina with maximum sustained wind of 85 mph with rain and winds that were felt well into central North Carolina. As of 5 p.m. ET Friday, Ian is a tropical storm with maximum wind speeds of 70 mph. The storm is about 20 miles northwest of…

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State of Emergency: Hurricane Ian makes landfall in South Carolina with heavy rain, high winds

State of Emergency: Hurricane Ian makes landfall in South Carolina with heavy rain, high winds

Gov. Roy Cooper officially activated the state’s plan ahead of expected impacts from Hurricane Ian. RALEIGH, N.C. — A State of Emergency remains in effect for North Carolina as Hurricane Ian batters the Carolinas with heavy rain, high winds and life-threatening storm surge in coastal areas.  Gov. Roy Cooper declared the State of Emergency Wednesday, officially setting state emergency plans into place. Part of the declaration includes waiving transportation rules to get fuel and critical…

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As rain pours in from Hurricane Ian, a death from mosquito-borne West Nile virus

As rain pours in from Hurricane Ian, a death from mosquito-borne West Nile virus

The heavy rain of Hurricane Ian and relatively warm temperatures of early fall make for perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes. On the same day that Ian dumped on North Carolina, the state Department of Health and Human Services announced the first West Nile virus death of the season. West Nile is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The best prevention is to dump pools of standing water and to wear insect…

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Duke Energy investigating thousands of power outages in Charlotte area as Hurricane Ian hits Carolinas

Duke Energy investigating thousands of power outages in Charlotte area as Hurricane Ian hits Carolinas

According to Duke Energy, crews were currently assessing repairs and damage in areas near south Charlotte. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nearly 5,000 Duke Energy customers were without power in the Charlotte area as of 3 p.m. as Ian landed on the South Carolina coast, according to Duke Energy’s outage map. According to Duke Energy, crews are currently assessing repairs and damage in areas near south Charlotte. Duke Energy said more than 400 customers were without power in…

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Hundreds of flights canceled at Charlotte airport due to Hurricane Ian

Hundreds of flights canceled at Charlotte airport due to Hurricane Ian

More than 300 flights were canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport as Hurricane Ian batters the Carolina coast with high winds and heavy rain. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than 300 flights were canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport ahead of Hurricane Ian, which is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the Charlotte metro area Friday.  As of 2:30 p.m., 310 flights at Charlotte Douglas were canceled, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware….

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Floods historically cause the most damage in Mecklenburg County

Floods historically cause the most damage in Mecklenburg County

Hurricane Ian is bringing high winds and heavy rains to the Charlotte area. History shows it’s the water, not the winds, that cause the most destruction. MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — As Hurricane Ian heads toward Charlotte with potential wind gusts of up to 50 mph, historical data show few hurricanes and tropical storms have hit the area with maximum wind speeds that high. In fact, public records identify only eight since 1900 that have reached…

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Hurricane Ian officially makes landfall as category 1 storm

Hurricane Ian officially makes landfall as category 1 storm

September 30, 2022 Hurricane Ian made landfall at 2:05 pm near Georgetown, SC (Photo: WWAY) GEORGETOWN, SC (WWAY) — Hurricane Ian has officially made landfall — for the fourth time. After making an initial landfall in Cuba, another landfall in the Dry Tortugas, a third landfall (as a strong category 4) in Florida, Ian’s journey over water came to an end at 2:05 pm Friday. The storm pushed ashore near Georgetown, SC with winds of…

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Downed trees, power outages spread across the Triangle as Hurricane Ian arrives in NC

Downed trees, power outages spread across the Triangle as Hurricane Ian arrives in NC

Hazardous conditions continue to spread into central North Carolina from Hurricane Ian. Hurricane Ian made landfall near Georgetown, S.C., just after 2 p.m. with maximum sustained wind of 85 mph with rain and winds that were felt well into central North Carolina. The National Weather Service said to expect rainfall intensity and maximum wind speeds to continue to increase as the storm’s center of circulation moves north and west through North Carolina. Through 2 p.m.,…

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Latest forecast: Hurricane Ian comes ashore in Georgetown, SC

Latest forecast: Hurricane Ian comes ashore in Georgetown, SC

Ian is expected to move through eastern South Carolina, bringing with it heavy rain and strong winds. COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ian has made landfall along the South Carolina coast, the first landfall of a hurricane in the Palmetto State in six years. The National Hurricane Center says Ian came ashore around 2:05 p.m. Eastern near Georgetown, South Carolina. It’s already brought storm surge on the coast and heavy rainfall and strong winds in other parts…

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Live streams to watch as Hurricane Ian moves through the Carolinas

Live streams to watch as Hurricane Ian moves through the Carolinas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A revived Hurricane Ian made landfall on South Carolina’s coast Friday and the historic city of Charleston, with forecasters predicting a storm surge and floods after the megastorm caused catastrophic damage in Florida and left people trapped in their homes. With all of South Carolina’s coast under a hurricane warning, a steady stream of vehicles left Charleston on Thursday, many likely heeding officials’ warnings to seek higher ground.  Here are some Carolina live…

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Storm surge causing flooding, road closures around Cape Fear

Storm surge causing flooding, road closures around Cape Fear

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Areas of the Cape Fear are seeing significant flooding from storm surge during Hurricane Ian’s approach at high tide causing road closures across multiple counties. The Sunset Beach bridge is closed due to a breach of the causeway. Flooding on Causeway in Sunset Beach on September 30, 2022 (Photo: Sunset Beach Police Department) Bay Street and Brunswick Street in Southport on Sept. 30, 2022 (Photo: Southport Police Department) Southport is…

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Brad Panovich update: Hurricane Ian close to making landfall in South Carolina

Brad Panovich update: Hurricane Ian close to making landfall in South Carolina

Hurricane Ian is close to making landfall on the South Carolina coast, bringing torrential rain, life-threatening storm surge and high winds to the Carolinas. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The eye of Hurricane Ian is getting close to making landfall near Georgetown, South Carolina, as the storm continues to drench the Carolinas with heavy rain, chief meteorologist Brad Panovich said.  The first bands of rain and wind moved into the Charlotte metro area by 7 a.m., making…

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