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Hurricane Ian is moving up the East Coast

Hurricane Ian has now been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone after making landfall as a Category 1 storm in South Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center announced that the current storm has winds of 70 mps and is moving inland over the Carolinas after wreaking havoc in its wake in Florida.

The storm made landfall shortly after 2 p.m. local time. Flooding began early in the morning in Charleston and has spread to areas such as Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island as the storm moves onshore. Officials are urging residents not to leave their homes unless they have to, as the storm remains very dangerous.

President Joe Biden has issued an emergency declaration for South Carolina.

The storm struck Florida as one of the most powerful hurricanes in Florida history, with wind speeds nearly reaching Category 5.

Nearly 2 million people in Florida remain without power — and economic losses could reach as much as $120 billion, according to one estimate.

The state’s death toll also continues to rise as officials survey the damage. As of Friday morning, officials reported one confirmed and 20 unconfirmed deaths in three counties. In Lee County, which saw some of the worst impacts, the sheriff’s office has confirmed at least 16 storm-related deaths and five additional deaths.

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Hurricane Ian makes landfall in South Carolina

Ian made landfall again as a Category 1 storm near Georgetown, 60 miles north of Charleston.

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Ian downgraded to post tropical storm

The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Ian from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone after it made landfall again in South Carolina.

“The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be inundated by rising waters moving inland from the coastline,” the NHC said in an advisory report.

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South Carolina is also at risk of sea level rise

Storm surge flooding and heavy rains hit South Carolina on Friday with Hurricane Ian’s third landfall.

But a more long-term climate threat also poses a risk to the state’s coastline: sea level rise.

As the planet warms, melting ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica push sea levels higher and higher. For low-lying areas, it represents an existential risk.

In Charleston, South Carolina, the city is so low-lying that it will see flooding even on some sunny days during particularly high tides.

It could get even worse in the coming years. By 2150, even under the lowest possible emissions scenario, Charleston will see nearly three feet (one meter) of sea level rise, according to Nasa, which will put much of downtown underwater.

Under the worst-case scenario, the city could see nearly eight feet (2.36 m) of sea level rise during that time.

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Which path is Hurricane Ian taking?

Ian roared ashore as a Category 1 storm near Georgetown, South Carolina with sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.

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Former GOP Candidates Push Baseless QAnon Conspiracy Theory That Hurricane Ian Was Created To Punish DeSantis

Two former far-right congressional candidates have said Hurricane Ian was created to punish Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican-leaning states.

Lauren Witzke, the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware in 2020 said “technology exists to manipulate the weather” and suggested the storm was targeting Florida to promote conservative political ideas.

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People saved from building as floods take Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach firefighters rescue people from the second floor of a building as flooding from Hurricane Ian engulfed the city Friday

(AP)

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More than 215,000 customers without power in South Carolina

According to poweroutage.us 2125, 787 customers in South Carolina were without power as of 4:25 PM ET.

“Crews will be working around the clock to restore the lights as quickly and safely as possible,” Dominion Energy said in a tweet Friday, blaming downed trees for many of the problems.

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Fox News anchor forgets that Puerto Rico is part of the United States in the Hurricane Ian segment

A Fox News anchor talked about the hurricane’s impact on Cuba and Puerto Rico when she said, “Thank God we have better infrastructure in our country.”

People on social media took her to task for not noting that Puerto Rico, which was hit by Hurricane Fiona earlier this month, is part of the United States.

Hurricane Ian hit Cuba this week before making landfall in southwest Florida. Large parts of both Cuba and Florida are without power as people recover from the storm.

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Man died when floodwaters swallowed home, says Volusia Sheriff

A 67-year-old man died when floodwaters filled his home in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Thursday night, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department.

The man’s wife and three dogs were able to get out of the house and to safety, but the victim fell and was unable to get up before being run over by floodwaters.

Emergency personnel tried to save him, but he was later pronounced dead.

Another man in Volusia County died overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning while draining his pool as Hurricane Ian swept through the state.

Officials have noted dozens of potential fatalities across Florida, with many areas still assessing the total damage.

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Amazon delivery driver blasts orders during Hurricane Ian: ‘I hate you all’

An Amazon delivery driver vented his frustration about delivering packages in Florida as dangerous weather conditions from Hurricane Ian moved into the state on Wednesday.

“You guys knew this hurricane was coming and you’re still ordering s****,” he said in a video on TikTok from his Amazon car. “I have to go to 172 of you today.”

The man said in the comments that the storm did not directly hit his part of Florida but still brought some severe weather to the area.

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