Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall today in the Southeast. Life-threatening storm surge and rip currents, heavy rain and flash flooding, tornadoes, and hurricane-force winds can be expected along the South Carolina coast and into North Carolina. Continue to expect freight delays in Florida and along the Atlantic coast as Ian moves into Georgia and the Carolinas.
Storm Surge Warning remains in effect until Saturday morning
- Life-threatening storm surge possible. The potential for 4-7 feet above ground somewhere within surge prone areas
- Impacts: Areas of inundation with storm surge flooding accentuated by waves. Damage to several buildings, mainly near the coast. Sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads become weakened or washed out, especially in usually vulnerable low spots. Impacts are unfolding at the moment.
Flash Flood Warning remains in effect until 12:00 PM today
- Life threatening flash flooding. Hurricane Ian producing flash flooding.
- Impacts: Life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses.
Hurricane Warning remains in effect until Saturday morning
- Wind: 45-60 mph with gusts to 85mph occurring, expected to end Saturday morning
- Wind Impacts: Many large tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. Scattered power and communications outages. Impacts are unfolding.
- Flooding Rain: 3-6 inches, with locally higher amounts
- Flooding Rain Impacts: Major rainfall flooding could prompt many rescues. Rivers and tributaries could rapidly overflow their banks in multiple locations. Small streams, creeks, canals, ditches may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers could become stressed. Flood waters could enter many structures within multiple communities; some structures become uninhabitable or are washed away. Flood waters could cover multiple escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.
Expect delays in moving freight in and out of Florida as some carriers have closed or limited locations and terminals for Ian. Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings are in effect for Georgia, North and South Carolina.