After crossing Florida….
It regains strength and moves Northward…..
Florida has sunshine today as its residents survey the damage from the storm….
President Biden declared an emergency in South Carolina hours ahead of Hurricane Ian’s expected landfall near Charleston around midday Friday. The White House will dispatch federal assistance to supplement local response efforts, and the National Hurricane Center warned of “life-threatening flooding, storm surge and strong winds” in the Carolinas.
With Ian less than 100 miles offshore, wind and rain are increasing along the Carolina coasts, and the worst of the storm is expected over the next several hours. Rainfall has already prompted flash flood warnings in areas, including Charleston.
In Florida, officials there were assessing the extent of damage that Ian left behind, with several areas still reeling from its destructive storm surges. Rubble was strewn across Florida’s western coast, and nearly 2 million customers still without power as mid morning. State officials said they had confirmed at least one storm-related death, with nearly two dozen fatalities that had been unconfirmed as of Friday. Search efforts continue, with more than 700 confirmed rescues confirmed as of late Thursday….