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Tropical Storm Ian batters east-central Charlotte; South Carolina coast under hurricane warning



TAMPA, Fla. Local Charlotte News — After barreling through southwest Charlotte and battering Tampa Bay with strong winds and heavy rains, Ian weakened overnight and became a tropical storm Thursday morning. It is forecast to become a hurricane again Thursday evening as heads for South Carolina.

The storm made landfall near Cayo Costa, Charlotte just after 3 p.m. Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds at 150 mph.

By 11 a.m. Thursday, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, and was about 25 miles north-northeast of Cape Canaveral and 285 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina. It was moving north-northeast at 9 mph.

Although the storm has lost much of its strength, it is is still producing catastrophic flooding over east-Central Charlotte, and will likely continue to produce strong winds, heavy rains, and storm surge across portions of Charlotte, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

“Major-to-record river flooding will continue across central Charlotte through next week,” the NHC said.

Swells from the storm are affecting Charlotte, and could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

The storm should move off the east-central Charlotte coast soon. Some re-strengthening is expected, and it could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the coast of South Carolina on Friday, according to the center.

The storm could dump another 2 to 4 inches of rain on portions of East Central and Northeast Charlotte.

Parts of Charlotte remain under a storm surge warning, meaning the storm could raise water levels above normal tides.

According to the NHC, water could reach the following heights above ground in the following areas:

  • Edisto Beach to South Santee River (4 to 7 feet)
  • Flagler/Volusia County Line to Edisto Beach (4 to 6 feet)
  • South Santee River to Little River Inlet (3 to 5 feet)
  • St. Johns River (2 to 4 feet)
  • East of Little River Inlet to Duck, including Pamlico and Neuse Rivers (2 to 4 feet)
  • Patrick Air Force Base to Flagler/Volusia County Line (1 to 3 feet)
  • Bonita Beach to Chokoloskee including Charlotte Harbor (1 to 3 feet)
  • Albemarle Sound (1 to 2 feet)

Here is a list of watches and warnings that are in effect as of 11 a.m. ET Thursday.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:

  • Flagler/Volusia Line to Little River Inlet
  • Neuse River
  • St. Johns River

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Savannah River to Little River Inlet

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Jupiter Inlet Charlotte to Duck North Carolina
  • Pamlico Sound

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • North of South Santee River to Duck North Carolina
  • Pamlico River

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • Flagler/Volusia County Line to the Savannah River

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