Satellite image via NOAA

Hurricane Ian, a storm reincarnated into a Category 1 threat, is expected to smash into the middle of South Carolina’s 187-mile coastline sometime this afternoon. It’s then predicted to head north through the Pee Dee.

Winds are expected to pack an 85-mph-punch when it makes landfall. Officials say rains will be heavy at times, which may cause coastal flooding. As of 5 a.m. Friday, the center of this Category 1 hurricane was 140 miles south-southeast of Charleston.

In other headlines: 

Domestic violence increased during pandemic, advocates say. Advocates say the pandemic increased the severity and cases of domestic violence as victims were forced to stay indoors with their abusers. Many feel it might grow again as Hurricane Ian approaches and locks everyone indoors.

Charleston airport flights canceled. Charleston International Airport canceled dozens of flights ahead of Hurricane Ian, including almost all flights after 6 p.m. United and Breeze airways have halted all flights until Oct. 1, while other airlines are expected to call off service. The Charleston Airforce Base, which operates the airport’s runways, plans to shut down runways when wind speeds reach 40 miles per hour. 

Redevelopment plans revealed for former Cinebarre space. The former Cinebarre movie theater in Mount Pleasant is set to be redeveloped into two four-story office buildings and a parking deck. The buildings are planned to be used for medical and general use, while the backside of the property would be an 800-space parking deck. 

Biden adjusts student loan forgiveness amid multiple lawsuits. The Biden administration has cut back its eligibility for those who can receive student loan forgiveness. Borrowers whose federal student loans are guaranteed by the government but held by private lenders will now be excluded, affecting nearly 770,000 people.

Restaurants in Charleston have a dishwasher problem. Many restaurants in the Charleston area are facing a dishwasher retention problem due to historically low wages and intense work detail. However, some restaurateurs, restaurant groups and locals have made moves to solve the problem.

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