Hurricane Ian update – live: Biden declares state of emergency in South Carolina as storm regains strength

Hurricane Ian leaves behind extensive damage in Key West, Florida

Ian is at hurricane status once again as the tropical storm plows toward the Carolinas on the US southeast coast on Friday.

South Carolina, which is under major flood warnings, strong winds and a “life-threatening storm surge,” is where the hurricane is expected to make landfall Friday afternoon.

President Joe Biden issued an early state of emergency for South Carolina as the National Hurricane Center warns of Ian strengthening over the Atlantic.

In Florida, rescue operations are underway after unprecedented flooding from one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the United States. It remains unclear exactly how many people are missing.

Thousands of people are stranded across the state and about 2.5 million people remain without power, with damage and economic losses that could reach $120 billion, according to the latest estimate.


Where to donate to help those affected by Hurricane Ian

ICYMI: Non-profit organizations have set up relief funds to help those affected by Hurricane Ian.

You can find a list of places where you can donate in the article below”


Land could be between Charleston and Myrtle Beach

Forecasters are scrambling to predict where the Category 1 storm will land in South Carolina on Friday as Ian approaches with winds of 85 mph.

According to WBRC News meteorologist Matt Daniel, Ian could make landfall anywhere between the city of Charleston and Myrtle Beach on Friday afternoon.

Storm surge and flash flood warnings are in place for the South Carolina coastline.


Aerial photos capture the devastation of Hurricane Ian on the Florida coast

Thousands are stranded in Florida while more than 2.6 million people are without power. Ian has been downgraded to a tropical storm – but forecasters warn the danger is not over.


Orlando International Airport to reopen after Hurricane Ian closure

Orlando International will reopen at 12 p.m. ET (5 p.m. BST) on Friday, September 30, after two days of closure due to Hurricane Ian.

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Florida residents are still sheltering in place

Residents in North Port, Florida were told to evacuate by 6 a.m. ET on Friday amid flooding from Hurricane Ian.

Officials in North Port issued a city-wide curfew for residents from 8pm on Thursday night and said: “There is a strong possibility that water levels across the city will continue to rise over the next few days as Hurricane Ian of rain flows to our north South”.

Other cities and counties across Florida have seen similar flooding, with curfews and shelter-in-place orders.


2.07 million Florida homes remain without power

According PowerOutage.usnearly 2.07 million Florida homes and businesses remained without power as of early Friday morning.

As of Thursday, there were 2.6 million Floridians without power in the state.

Florida Power & Light, the state’s largest energy provider, said in a tweet: “Downed trees, high winds and flooding pose challenges, but we are working around the clock to repair and restore all areas.”


Tom Brady pledges to help with Hurricane Ian relief efforts

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has announced that he will donate money to Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

In a tweet, he said: “Glad we can come home for Sunday night, but so many people in Florida won’t be able to do the same. I’ll be making a donation to the Florida Disaster Fund to get things started, and I hope the rest of the NFL family in our state will follow suit.”

The team’s owners, the Glazer family, also announced $1 million in donations to “organizations that provide support to those most affected” in Florida.


Ian is ‘1 in 1,000 year rain event’, Florida meteorologist says

ICYMI: Hurricane Ian will go down in the history books as one of the worst to make landfall in the US, with a triple threat of impact: strong surge, wind and rain. Rapid intensification near land is seen by intense lightning and a clear eye. A 1 in 1000 year rain event NW of the track,” WFLA-TV (Tampa Bay) Chief Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli tweeted.


Charleston prepares for Ian’s fall in South Carolina

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg is asking residents of South Carolina’s largest city to stay home and stay out of harm’s way as Hurricane Ian heads toward the city.

The storm had strengthened to a hurricane by Thursday afternoon and is forecast to make landfall today.

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Luxury McLaren P1 washed away from Florida garage and submerged in water after Hurricane Ian

ICYMI: A McLaren P1, worth an estimated $1 million, was washed away from its owner’s garage and submerged under several feet of water as Hurricane Ian tore through a Florida neighborhood.

The footage was posted on social media by the owner of the luxury car in Naples, Florida.

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