via National Weather Service Twitter

Updated:  6:30 a.m., Sept. 30, 2022

Ian, the huge storm that slammed into the Florida peninsula Wednesday with 150 mph winds, has been resurrected into a hurricane after being downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday as it rolled through central Florida.  But earlier today when it hit the open water of the Atlantic Ocean, it became a Category 1 hurricane.  By early Friday, it packed 85-mph winds about 140 miles south-southeast of Charleston, which is near where it is predicted to make landfall again on Friday. Up to 4 inches of rain are expected, although it may be heavier in some areas.

According to forecasters, the probable path will take the center of the storm over the Lowcountry on midday Friday.  It then should zip up the middle part of the state and be in North Carolina early Saturday morning.  Gov. Henry McMaster on Wednesday declared a state of emergency for South Carolina in preparation for the storm.

There’s a hazardous weather outlook Friday for the Lowcountry as the area is under a hurricane watch, tropical storm warning, surge storm warning and flood watch.  There’s a high surf advisory in effect until Saturday night.  

According to the National Weather Service, impacts from Ian will start being felt Thursday, but Friday will be the day for the harshest conditions.  Here’s now the National Weather Service describes what’s to come:

“Conditions will steadily deteriorate this morning with the risk for life-threatening storm surge inundation, flooding rains, and tropical storm force winds rapidly increasing as the hurricane approaches the coast. Wind gusts to hurricane force could occur along parts of the lower South Carolina coast, including Charleston Harbor.

“The combination of life-threatening storm surge inundation and heavy rainfall could produce areas of considerable urban and flash flooding, mainly across southern South Carolina including downtown Charleston. In addition, dangerous marine and surf conditions will persist with significant beach and lakeshore erosion continuing at the beaches and around Lake Moultrie. Conditions will begin to improve across southeast Georgia this afternoon and this evening across southeast South Carolina as a weakening Ian moves farther inland into North Carolina.”

Biggest impact to be Friday, sunny by Saturday

According to the Charleston office of the National Weather Service, the current forecast for the Lowcountry is:

Friday:  Tropical storm conditions expected, with hurricane conditions possible. Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 8 a.m. High near 70. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 3 and 4 inches possible.

Friday night: Tropical storm conditions possible, with hurricane conditions also possible. Showers likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 7 to 13 mph. 

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