Raleigh, NC (WTVD) — A tropical storm warning is now in effect for much of central North Carolina as Ian continues his pursuit into the Tar Heels.
As of late Thursday afternoon, Ian had regained its status as a Category 1 hurricane and was expected to make landfall near Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday afternoon.
The storm continued to move north-northeast at 9 mph.
This all came after a storm reportedly devastated Florida, leaving more than 2 million people without power and killing multiple people.
Gusts of wind began to pick up in North Carolina on Thursday. Gusts can be around 20 mph through Thursday, so people should go ahead and secure loose items outside.
Rain won’t come until late Thursday or Friday morning.
Almost all of North Carolina will see a complete washout on Friday with heavy rainfall over a window of about 18 hours.
In central North Carolina, heavy rains can start before the morning commute and continue into the evening. By late Friday night, however, most of the rain will have stopped.
Saturday will see occasional showers, especially in the morning.
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Most people in central North Carolina are expected to experience tropical storm conditions, which means heavy rain and high winds.
ABC11 meteorologist Quailin Murphy said 3 to 7 inches of rain is expected from Ian in central North Carolina.
Flooding will not be widespread, but localized flooding is possible in areas with heavy rainfall.
There is also isolated tornado risk, mainly south and east of the Triangle.
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Gusts of wind can reach 40 mph. This is strong enough to lift and move loose items.
A tropical storm warning has also been issued along the North Carolina coast from the South Carolina border past the city of Morehead. A storm surge warning has not yet been issued for North Carolina.
North Carolina Gets Ready for Ian
Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Wednesday before the arrival of wreckage from Hurricane Ian.
Cooper will provide an update on preparations at 3pm. ABC11 broadcasts its updates live on TV and on all apps.
North Carolina also has a Statewide Emergency Overbilling Inflation Act.
Cooper also authorized the mobilization of approximately 80 members of the North Carolina National Guard to assist as needed.
Duke Energy officials said they are keeping North Carolina crew members at home in case of widespread power outages. They’ve spent the last few days improving the grid and securing equipment so they can respond quickly in the event of a power outage.
“We expect outages to occur,” said Jeff Brooks of Duke Energy. “People should take it seriously until they can get out of the community and move forward.” .
Today, they say they have three main concerns: wind, rain and floods.
“This is just a total war storm. It will be a historic storm. The damage seen in some areas across the grid will have to be rebuilt. Those are the circumstances they are dealing with. It’s like, ‘I’m thankful we probably won’t see it here, but we can still see a lot of outages,’ Brooks said.
If your home experiences a power outage, Duke Energy wants you to report it. Text the word OUT to 57801, use the Duke energy app, or call 800.769.3766.
As the storm moves out of the area, Duke Energy will reassess and assign crews based on the areas that suffered the most.
Meanwhile, a home repair expert suggests that the home owner take the time to prepare the home and check insurance before Ian arrives.
Watch: People in Triangle Flood Zone ‘nervous’ about Ian
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Hurricane Ian left a devastating trail in southwest Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, damaging the roof of a hospital’s intensive care unit, and cutting power to two million people before heading for the Atlantic coast. .
One of the strongest hurricanes in history to hit the United States will cross the Florida peninsula on Wednesday night, threatening devastating flooding inland, the National Hurricane Center warned.
Ian was expected to become a tropical storm over land early Thursday morning and appear over the Atlantic Ocean near the Kennedy Space Center later in the day, according to the center. Flooding rains continued across the state, and parts of the Gulf Coast remained submerged with seawater pushed ashore by massive storms.
“Severe and life-threatening storm surge inundation 8 to 10 feet above the ground is progressing along the coastline from Inglewood in southwestern Florida to Bonita Beach, including the Port of Charlotte, along with destructive waves. There are,” he said.
In Port Charlotte, along Florida’s Gulf Coast, storm surges flooded a hospital’s lower-floor emergency room, even as high winds tore part of the intensive care unit’s roof, according to doctors working there.
Dr. Birgit Bodine of HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital said water was pouring into the ICU and staff had to evacuate the hospital’s most ill patients, some of whom were on ventilators, to another floor. It is said that there was not. Staff used towels and plastic containers to try and wipe up the soaked dirt.
The medium-sized hospital has four floors, but the damage kept patients on the second floor. Bodine planned to spend the night there in case people injured in the storm arrived in need of help.
“As long as our patients are doing well and no one dies or has a bad outcome, that’s what matters,” Bodine said.
Law enforcement officers in nearby Fort Myers received calls from people trapped in flooded homes and concerned relatives. It also included a video showing water splashing towards the eaves of a house.
More than 250 people have been rescued as the city of Orlando suffered “historic flooding” from Hurricane Ian, according to Orlando Mayor Charlie Salazar.
A total of 91 people were rescued from the Maxwell housing complex and 175 from the Dockside housing complex, Chief Salazar said. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the city received 14 inches of water from the storm.
About 25% of Orlando remains without power, Dyer said. According to the mayor, the floods are affecting the entire city, with many lakes and other bodies of water “outside the boundaries.”
The crew will continue to assess storm damage as the City of Orlando prepares for more rain over the next few days. Search and rescue missions continue.
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Pittsburgh journalist Brittany Haler contacted rescuers about a mother whose home in North Fort Myers was submerged in 1.5 meters (5 feet) of water.
“We don’t know when the water will go down. We don’t know how they’re going to leave. Their car is a total loss,” said Haler. “Her only means of escape is a boat.”
Hurricane Ian turned streets into rivers, blew trees away, and slammed into southwestern Florida on Wednesday with winds of 150 miles per hour (241 kilometers per hour), pushing a storm surge wall. Ian’s strength at the time of landfall was a Category 4, tying her to the fifth strongest hurricane to ever hit the United States, as measured by wind speed.
Ian hit a tropical storm on land early Thursday, but it was expected to intensify again when its center moves over the Atlantic Ocean and threatens the South Carolina coast on Friday with near-hurricane strength. Storm surges of 6 feet (2 meters) were expected on both sides of the peninsula.
At 5 a.m. Thursday, the storm was about 40 miles (70 km) southeast of Orlando and 35 miles (55 km) southwest of Cape Canaveral, carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) and 8 mph towards the Cape. (13 km/h), said Miami-based Hurricane Center.
Hurricane warnings have been downgraded to tropical storm warnings across the Florida peninsula, leaving widespread catastrophic flooding possible, according to the Hurricane Center.
Strong tropical storm winds extend outward up to 415 miles (665 km) from the center, with up to 1 foot (30 cm) of rain expected in northeastern Florida, coastal Georgia, and parts of the state, Nearly the entire state was soaked. Lowcountry South Carolina. Up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain could fall in southern Virginia as the storm moves inland over the Carolina Mountains, according to the center.
By late Wednesday, no U.S. deaths by Ian had been reported. But a boat carrying Cuban migrants sank in a storm east of Key West on Wednesday.
The US Coast Guard launched a 23-person search and rescue mission and was able to locate three survivors about 2 miles (3 km) south of the Florida Keys, officials said. Her four other Cubans swam to Stock Island, just east of Key West, according to U.S. Border Patrol. The aircrew continued his search for perhaps 20 migrants remaining.
The storm has hit Cuba before, killing two people and taking down the country’s power grid.
The eye of the hurricane made landfall near Cayo Costa, a barrier island just west of densely populated Fort Myers. As it approached, water flowed out of Tampa Bay.
According to the PowerOutage.us site, power outages hit more than 2 million homes and businesses in Florida. Nearly every home and business in three counties lost power.
Sheriff Bull Plummer of Charlotte County, just north of Fort Myers, has announced a 9:00 p.m. I said it is possible.
“We are enacting this curfew as a means of protecting the people and property of Charlotte County,” Plummell said.
Life-threatening storm surges and hurricane conditions could occur Thursday and Friday along the northeastern coasts of northeastern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, prompting Ian to move inland and bring more rain from the coast. was expected to rain
Governors of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia have all preemptively declared states of emergency.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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