Hurricane Ian makes landfall in South Carolina, more Florida deaths reported

Florida officials investigating reports of at least 21 deaths related to Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina on Friday, marking its second landfall in the United States.

After restrengthening into a Category 1 storm, the hurricane is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and hurricane conditions to the region by the afternoon.

The National Hurricane Center said that Hurricane Ian made landfall near Georgetown, South Carolina at 2:05 p.m. EDT.

In a Friday morning news briefing, Florida officials announced more fatalities from the storm.

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Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie told reporters that there was one confirmed death reported in Polk County.

In the hard-hit Charlotte County, 12 reported fatalities were unconfirmed.

In Collier County, there were eight unconfirmed deaths.

The Category 1 storm was located about 60 miles east-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, as of Friday at 11 a.m. EDT.

Maximum sustained winds were reported at 85 miles per hour, with higher gusts.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 485 miles. 

Damaged boats lie on the land and water in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Florida. 

Damaged boats lie on the land and water in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Florida.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Hurricane Ian was moving toward north at 14 mph, as of 11 a.m., an acceleration from 9 mph earlier in the morning.

Fox Weather said a two-foot storm surge was being reported in Jacksonville, Florida, with additional impacts in other parts of northeastern Florida.

The hurricane center warned that life-threatening storm surge would lash the coasts of that part of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas within storm surge warning areas, and hurricane-force winds are expected along the South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina coasts within the hurricane warning area by the afternoon.

Holly Nugyn walks out of her flooded neighborhood after Hurricane Ian passed by the area Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Florida. 

Holly Nugyn walks out of her flooded neighborhood after Hurricane Ian passed by the area Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Florida.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Hurricane conditions were possible in North Carolina's hurricane watch area by the afternoon.

Flooding rains are likely across the Carolinas and southern Virginia, and ongoing major to record river flooding will continue across central Florida through next week. 

The center of the hurricane will approach and reach the coast of South Carolina on Friday and then shift farther inland across eastern South Carolina and central North Carolina on Friday night and on Saturday.

In this photo taken by a drone, the two-story Getaway Marina building, front, lies reduced to rubble as displaced boats rest along the roadside and a trailer park, at top, lies nearly devoid of homes, following the passage of Hurricane Ian, on San Carlos Boulevard in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. 

In this photo taken by a drone, the two-story Getaway Marina building, front, lies reduced to rubble as displaced boats rest along the roadside and a trailer park, at top, lies nearly devoid of homes, following the passage of Hurricane Ian, on San Carlos Boulevard in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.  (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Little change in strength is expected before it reaches the coast and rapid weakening is projected following landfall.

The hurricane is forecast to become an extratropical low over North Carolina on Friday night or on Saturday. The low is then expected to dissipate by Saturday night.

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At least 10 fatalities have been confirmed by Florida officials thus far.