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Ian makes way toward Georgia, Carolinas after devastating Florida

After leaving a path of destruction across Florida, Ian has again intensified into a hurricane Thursday on its way toward Georgia and the Carolinas. Here’s the latest on Hurricane Ian: Six people were confirmed dead in Florida, including two residents of hard-hit Sanibel Island along Florida’s west coast.As of 11 a.m. ET, the storm was about 60 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. Watch live video coverage above from sister station WESH in Orlando.Live storm coverage is also available for free on your connected TV from Very Local. Download the app here.Ian regains hurricane strengthIan regained hurricane strength as it spun toward South Carolina late Thursday afternoon, a day after devastating a cross-section of Florida. As of 11 a.m. ET, the NHC said Ian was centered about 60 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. Its maximum sustained winds remained at 85 mph with higher gusts.The NHC predicted it would continue to strengthen before hitting South Carolina on Friday, but still remain a Category 1 storm. Video below: Winds, rain pick up off the coast of Georgia’s Tybee IslandA hurricane warning was issued for the South Carolina coast and extended to Cape Fear on the southeastern coast of North Carolina. With tropical storm-force winds reaching about 415 miles from its center, the NHC expects a life-threatening storm surge of up to 7 feet and hurricane conditions along the Carolina coast by Friday afternoon. Rainfall of up to 8 inches threatened flooding from South Carolina to Virginia.National Guard troops were being positioned in South Carolina to help with the aftermath, including any water rescues. On Thursday afternoon, a steady stream of vehicles left Charleston, a 350-year-old city.Video below: Hurricane preparation underway in Charleston, South Carolina On the forecast track, Ian will approach the coast of South Carolina on Friday. The center will move farther inland across the Carolinas Friday night and Saturday.The NHC said Ian could slightly strengthen before landfall on Friday and is forecast to rapidly weaken over the southeastern U.S. late Friday into Saturday.Video below: Wind gusts picking up in Charleston, South CarolinaLATEST CONELATEST MODELSLATEST SATELLITEThe governors of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia all preemptively declared states of emergency. Ian’s impact in FloridaRescue crews piloted boats and waded through flooded streets Thursday to save thousands of Floridians trapped after Hurricane Ian destroyed homes and businesses and left millions in the dark. The devastation began to come into focus a day after Ian made landfall in Florida as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. The storm flooded homes on both the state’s coasts, cut off the only bridge to a barrier island, destroyed a historic waterfront pier and knocked out electricity to 2.67 million Florida homes and businesses — nearly a quarter of utility customers.Aerial photos from the Fort Myers area, a few miles west of where Ian struck land, showed homes ripped from their slabs and deposited among shredded wreckage. Businesses near the beach were completely razed, leaving just twisted debris. Broken docks floated at odd angles beside damaged boats, and fires smoldered on lots where houses once stood. Six people were confirmed dead in Florida, including two residents of hard-hit Sanibel Island along Florida’s west coast, Sanibel city manager Dana Souza said late Thursday. A 72-year-old man in Deltona died after falling into a canal while using a hose to drain his pool in the heavy rain, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said. A 38-year-old man from Lake County died Wednesday in an accident after his vehicle hydroplaned, according to authorities.Three other people were reported killed in Cuba after the hurricane struck there on Tuesday. Video: WESH reporter talks about water rescueThe National Hurricane Center said storm surge and flooding rains remained a threat as Ian crept across the Florida peninsula and emerged in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Canaveral.Sheriffs in southwest Florida said 911 centers were inundated by thousands of stranded callers, some with life-threatening emergencies. The U.S. Coast Guard began rescue efforts hours before daybreak on barrier islands near where Ian struck, DeSantis said. DeSantis said at least 700 rescues, mostly by air, have been conducted so far and involving the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Guard and urban search-and-rescue teams. A chunk of the Sanibel Causeway fell into the sea, cutting off access to the barrier island where 6,300 people normally live. It was unknown how many heeded orders to evacuate, but Charlotte County Emergency Management Director Patrick Fuller expressed cautious optimism that worst-case scenarios might not have been realized.No deaths or injuries have been confirmed in the county, and flyovers of barrier islands show “the integrity of the homes is far better than we anticipated,” Fuller said.South of Sanibel, the historic beachfront pier in Naples got destroyed, with even the pilings underneath torn out, as towering waves crashed over the structure. “Right now, there is no pier,” said Penny Taylor, a commissioner in Collier County, which includes Naples.The Florida Highway Patrol shut down the Florida Turnpike in the Orlando area and said the main artery in the middle of the state will remain closed until water subsides. Video: Florida wakes up to Hurricane Ian destructionIan struck Florida as a monstrous Category 4 storm, with 150 mph winds that tied it for the fifth-strongest hurricane ever to hit the U.S.Devastation in CubaA boat carrying Cuban migrants sank Wednesday in stormy weather east of Key West.The U.S. Coast Guard initiated a search and rescue mission for 23 people and managed to find three survivors about two miles south of the Florida Keys, officials said. Four other Cubans swam to Stock Island, just east of Key West, the U.S. Border Patrol said. Aircrews continued to search for possibly 20 remaining migrants.The storm previously tore into Cuba, killing two people and bringing down the country’s electrical grid.Video: Space station flies over Hurricane Ian

After leaving a path of destruction across Florida, Ian has again intensified into a hurricane Thursday on its way toward Georgia and the Carolinas.

Here’s the latest on Hurricane Ian:

  • Six people were confirmed dead in Florida, including two residents of hard-hit Sanibel Island along Florida’s west coast.
  • As of 11 a.m. ET, the storm was about 60 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.

Watch live video coverage above from sister station WESH in Orlando.

Live storm coverage is also available for free on your connected TV from Very Local. Download the app here.


Ian regains hurricane strength

Ian regained hurricane strength as it spun toward South Carolina late Thursday afternoon, a day after devastating a cross-section of Florida.

As of 11 a.m. ET, the NHC said Ian was centered about 60 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. Its maximum sustained winds remained at 85 mph with higher gusts.

The NHC predicted it would continue to strengthen before hitting South Carolina on Friday, but still remain a Category 1 storm.

Video below: Winds, rain pick up off the coast of Georgia’s Tybee Island

A hurricane warning was issued for the South Carolina coast and extended to Cape Fear on the southeastern coast of North Carolina. With tropical storm-force winds reaching about 415 miles from its center, the NHC expects a life-threatening storm surge of up to 7 feet and hurricane conditions along the Carolina coast by Friday afternoon. Rainfall of up to 8 inches threatened flooding from South Carolina to Virginia.

National Guard troops were being positioned in South Carolina to help with the aftermath, including any water rescues. On Thursday afternoon, a steady stream of vehicles left Charleston, a 350-year-old city.

Video below: Hurricane preparation underway in Charleston, South Carolina

On the forecast track, Ian will approach the coast of South Carolina on Friday. The center will move farther inland across the Carolinas Friday night and Saturday.

The NHC said Ian could slightly strengthen before landfall on Friday and is forecast to rapidly weaken over the southeastern U.S. late Friday into Saturday.

Video below: Wind gusts picking up in Charleston, South Carolina

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The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia all preemptively declared states of emergency.

Ian’s impact in Florida

Rescue crews piloted boats and waded through flooded streets Thursday to save thousands of Floridians trapped after Hurricane Ian destroyed homes and businesses and left millions in the dark.

The devastation began to come into focus a day after Ian made landfall in Florida as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the U.S.

The storm flooded homes on both the state’s coasts, cut off the only bridge to a barrier island, destroyed a historic waterfront pier and knocked out electricity to 2.67 million Florida homes and businesses — nearly a quarter of utility customers.

Aerial photos from the Fort Myers area, a few miles west of where Ian struck land, showed homes ripped from their slabs and deposited among shredded wreckage. Businesses near the beach were completely razed, leaving just twisted debris. Broken docks floated at odd angles beside damaged boats, and fires smoldered on lots where houses once stood.

Six people were confirmed dead in Florida, including two residents of hard-hit Sanibel Island along Florida’s west coast, Sanibel city manager Dana Souza said late Thursday.

A 72-year-old man in Deltona died after falling into a canal while using a hose to drain his pool in the heavy rain, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said. A 38-year-old man from Lake County died Wednesday in an accident after his vehicle hydroplaned, according to authorities.

Three other people were reported killed in Cuba after the hurricane struck there on Tuesday.

Video: WESH reporter talks about water rescue

The National Hurricane Center said storm surge and flooding rains remained a threat as Ian crept across the Florida peninsula and emerged in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Canaveral.

Sheriffs in southwest Florida said 911 centers were inundated by thousands of stranded callers, some with life-threatening emergencies. The U.S. Coast Guard began rescue efforts hours before daybreak on barrier islands near where Ian struck, DeSantis said.

DeSantis said at least 700 rescues, mostly by air, have been conducted so far and involving the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Guard and urban search-and-rescue teams.

A man walks through debris on a street in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Punta Gorda, Florida on Sept. 29, 2022.

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A man walks through debris on a street in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Punta Gorda, Florida on Sept. 29, 2022.

A chunk of the Sanibel Causeway fell into the sea, cutting off access to the barrier island where 6,300 people normally live. It was unknown how many heeded orders to evacuate, but Charlotte County Emergency Management Director Patrick Fuller expressed cautious optimism that worst-case scenarios might not have been realized.

No deaths or injuries have been confirmed in the county, and flyovers of barrier islands show “the integrity of the homes is far better than we anticipated,” Fuller said.

A damaged causeway to Sanibel Island is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian , Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, near Sanibel Island, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

South of Sanibel, the historic beachfront pier in Naples got destroyed, with even the pilings underneath torn out, as towering waves crashed over the structure. “Right now, there is no pier,” said Penny Taylor, a commissioner in Collier County, which includes Naples.

The Florida Highway Patrol shut down the Florida Turnpike in the Orlando area and said the main artery in the middle of the state will remain closed until water subsides.

A truck pulls a man on a kayak on a low-lying road after flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, in Key West, Fla., Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 28, 2022.

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A truck pulls a man on a kayak on a low-lying road after flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, in Key West, Fla., Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 28, 2022.

Video: Florida wakes up to Hurricane Ian destruction

Ian struck Florida as a monstrous Category 4 storm, with 150 mph winds that tied it for the fifth-strongest hurricane ever to hit the U.S.

Devastation in Cuba

A boat carrying Cuban migrants sank Wednesday in stormy weather east of Key West.

The U.S. Coast Guard initiated a search and rescue mission for 23 people and managed to find three survivors about two miles south of the Florida Keys, officials said. Four other Cubans swam to Stock Island, just east of Key West, the U.S. Border Patrol said. Aircrews continued to search for possibly 20 remaining migrants.

The storm previously tore into Cuba, killing two people and bringing down the country’s electrical grid.

Video: Space station flies over Hurricane Ian

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