Credit: NOAA via Twitter

South Carolina is under a state of emergency following a Wednesday declaration by Gov. Henry McMaster as the state prepares for impacts from Tropical Storm Ian.

On Wednesday, Ian was a powerful hurricane when it slammed into the Florida peninsula with 150 mph winds and severe rain that flooded streets and knocked out power to millions of customers. As the storm crossed the Florida peninsula overnight, it lost some of its punch and was downgraded to a tropical storm. But it remained dangerous early Thursday as it scooted toward the Atlantic Ocean, where it will head north and threaten the Georgia-South Carolina coast.

As of this morning, the probable path of the storm would take its center over the Lowcountry Friday night and into the middle of the state by Saturday.

In other headlines: 

Charleston Democrats and Republicans release endorsements for school board. Charleston area Democrats and Republicans showed rare bipartisan support for Kevin Hollinshead in District 4, Lee Runyon in District 6 and Darlene Dunmeyer in District 8 in the upcoming Charleston County School board election. Every seat is up for consideration and only three incumbents are running for reelection. Thirty-two candidates are in the running. 

MUSC to expand telehealth services in rural areas. The Medical University of South Carolina recently received a $1.5 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will be used to help the healthcare provider expand its telehealth services in rural communities in the state.

Public gets second chance to weigh in on Union Pier development. Charleston residents will get another chance to discuss plans for the 70-acre Union Pier Terminal, considered one of the most valuable waterfront real estate properties in the country. A public meeting will be held Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 196 Concord St.

Breeze Airways offers fall fare specials. Utah-based Breeze Airways is offering Charleston residents a deep discount to 18 destinations across the country, with some flights as low as $29. Some destinations include West Coast major cities like Las Vegas, Nev., or Los Angeles, Northern cities such as Columbus, Ohio or Syracuse, N.Y. and major southern cities like Orlando, Fla. or New Orleans. 

Nucor steel expanding again. Steel giant Nucor Corp. is investing $425 million into a new galvanizing line at its Berkeley County mill. It will be the facility’s second expansion in two months.

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