Hurricane Ian makes landfall in South Carolina


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hurricane Ian made landfall shortly after 2 p.m. Friday near Georgetown, South Carolina, as a Category 1 storm with winds of 85 mph.

This was Ian’s fourth landfall. The storm made landfall in western Cuba, Cayo Costa and south of Punta Gorda.

Ian left a trail of damage and flooding around Northeast Florida on Thursday as it crossed the Florida Peninsula.

Stay with The Weather Authority and News4JAX.com for updates throughout the next several days.

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Latest advisory

At 2 p.m., the center of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 33.2 North, longitude 79.1 West. Ian is moving toward the north near 15 mph (24 km/h). Ian is forecast to turn toward the north-northwest by tonight and will move inland across eastern South Carolina and central North Carolina tonight and Saturday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Ian should weaken rapidly after landfall soon and transition into a post-tropical cyclone overnight. Ian should dissipate over western North Carolina or Virginia late Saturday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 275 miles (445 km). A WeatherFlow station at Morris Island Lighthouse recently reported sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km/h) with a gust to 82 mph (131 km/h).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 977 mb (28.85 inches) based on Air Force dropsonde data.

Watches & warnings

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Savannah River to Cape Fear, North Carolina

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:

  • Savannah River to Cape Fear, North Carolina

  • Neuse River, North Carolina

  • St. Johns River, Florida

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Altamaha Sound, Georgia, to Savannah River

  • Cape Fear to Duck, North Carolina

  • Pamlico Sound

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • East of Cape Fear to Surf City, North Carolina

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • North of Cape Fear to Duck, North Carolina

  • Pamlico River

  • Cape Fear River

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