Ian was forecast to become a hurricane again after tearing through Florida

Ian, now a tropical storm, is expected to regain strength and become a hurricane – again – on Thursday night. The storm has left Florida and is expected to hit South Carolina, where a hurricane warning was issued for the entire coast.

Ian made landfall in southwest Florida on Wednesday as a major Category 4 hurricane, just shy of a Category 5, and then tore across the state. It was one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the United States and left a path of flooding and destruction.

People are trapped in their homes. Videos and photos show devastating floods. And large parts of the state — more than 2.6 million homes and businesses — are without power, according to poweroutage.us.

“Major-to-record river flooding will continue across central Florida through next week,” the National Hurricane Center said. “Significant urban and river flooding is expected across coastal portions of northeast Florida, southeast Georgia and eastern South Carolina through Friday.”

Ian is now on his way out of Florida’s east coast. The storm’s center was about 25 miles north-northeast of Cape Canaveral and about 485 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, as of 1 p.m. 11 Thursday. It was moving north-northeast at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

Sustained winds of 74 mph are needed for a storm to reach hurricane status, which is expected to happen Thursday before Ian hits South Carolina on Friday.

Satellite imagery showing Tropical Storm Ian on September 29, 2022.


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