Flooding in West Ashley Friday | photo by Cris Temples

South Carolina had no storm-related deaths from Hurricane Ian, which swept into the state Friday with 85-mph winds in Georgetown County.

“We had no storm-related deaths, we had no hospitals damaged, our water systems were and are OK,” Gov. Henry McMaster said during a weekend briefing. “We had only a few cellular problems. And most of the electricity has been restored.”

Charleston will be open for business today, Mayor John Tecklenburg said. But in Pawleys Island, homeowners and contractors have just been let back into the barrier island hammered by the storm.

In other headlines:

“Mama” Armstrong passes away. Mary Elizabeth Armstrong, known to Charlestonians as “Mama” in car commercials in the Lowcountry, has passed away.

Register to vote by end of week.  This week is the last week to register for in-person voting.

Volvo’s new Polestar to debut in Europe. The new Polestar SUV, an all-electric car built in S.C., will debut soon in Denmark.

Boeing, China Airlines finish order for 24 jets. The airline has ordered 24 Dreamliners made in S.C.

S.C. gas prices rise 6 cents, The state’s average price per gallon is $3.23 — up 6 cents since last week.

Santee Cooper to bring back idled coal unit as winter power backup. The utility is planning an idled coal unit to serve as backup for winter power.

Redistricting trial set to start this week. A trial over whether the state’s new congressional districts discriminate against South Carolina’s black voters will start this week.

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