Hurricane Ian update: Florida death toll rises as storm makes landfall in South Carolina

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Hurricane Ian hits east coast

Hurricane Ian has now been downgraded to a post-tropical cylone after making landfall as a Category 1 storm in South Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center has announced that the current storm has winds of 70 mps and is moving inland across the Carolinas after wreaking havoc in its wake in Florida.

The storm made landfall shortly after 2 p.m. local time. The flooding started early in the morning in Charleston and has spread to areas such as Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island as the storm makes landfall. Officials are urging residents not to leave their homes if they don’t have to, as the storm is still very dangerous.

President Joe Biden has issued a declaration of emergency for South Carolina.

The storm hit Florida as one of the most powerful hurricanes in Florida history, with wind speeds approaching Category 5.

Nearly 2 million people in Florida are without power – and it is estimated that economic losses could reach $120 billion.

The state’s death toll also continues to rise as officials investigate the damage. On Friday morning, officials reported one confirmed and 20 unconfirmed deaths in three provinces. In Lee County, which had some of the worst impacts, the sheriff has confirmed at least 16 storm-related deaths and five additional deaths.

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Hurricane Ian makes landfall in South Carolina

Ian made landfall again as a Category 1 storm near Georgetown, 60 miles north of Charleston.

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Ian downgraded to post-tropical storm

The National Hurricane Center downgraded Ian from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone after it made landfall again in South Carolina.

“The combination of storm surge and tides will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be inundated by rising water flowing inland from the shoreline,” the NHC said in an advisory.

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South Carolina is also at risk of sea level rise

Flooding from storm surge and heavy rainfall hit South Carolina on Friday with Hurricane Ian’s third landfall.

But a longer-term climate threat also poses a risk to the state’s coastline: sea level rise.

As the planet warms, the melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are pushing sea levels higher and higher. This poses an existential risk for low-lying areas.

In Charleston, South Carolina, the town is so low that it will see flooding even on some sunny days during particularly high tides.

That could get worse in the coming years. By 2150, even at the lowest possible emissions scenario, Charleston will see nearly three feet of sea level rise, according to NASA, flooding much of downtown.

At worst, the city could see nearly eight ft (2.36 m) of sea level rise during that time.

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Which way will Hurricane Ian take?

Ian roared ashore as a Category 1 storm near Georgetown, South Carolina with sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.

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Former GOP Candidates Push Unfounded QAnon Conspiracy Theory That Hurricane Ian Was Created To Punish DeSantis

Two former far-right former congressional candidates have said Hurricane Ian was created to punish Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Republican states.

Lauren Witzke, the GOP candidate for the US Senate in Delaware in 2020, said that “technology exists to manipulate the weather” and suggested the storm was targeting Florida for promoting conservative political ideas.

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People rescued from building as floods take over Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Fire Department rescues people from the second floor of a building as Hurricane Ian flooding overtakes the city on Friday

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More than 215,000 customers without power in South Carolina

According to poweroutage.us 2125, 787 customers in South Carolina were without power at 4:25 p.m. ET.

“Crews will work around the clock to get the lights back on as quickly and safely as possible,” Dominion Energy said in a tweet Friday, blaming fallen trees for many of the problems.

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Fox News anchor forgets that Puerto Rico is part of the US in the Hurricane Ian segment

A Fox News anchor talked about the hurricane effects in Cuba and Puerto Rico when she said, “Thank God we have better infrastructure in our country.”

People on social media sued her for failing to notice that Puerto Rico, which was ravaged by Hurricane Fiona earlier this month, is part of the United States.

Hurricane Ian hit Cuba this week before storming into southwestern Florida. Large parts of both Cuba and Florida are without power as people recover from the storm.

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Man died when floodwater flooded house, says Volusia Sheriff

A 67-year-old man died Thursday night as flooding filled his home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department.

The man’s wife and three dogs managed to get out of the house and to safety, but the victim fell and was unable to get up before being overtaken by flooding.

Emergency services tried to save him, but he was later pronounced dead.

Another man in Volusia County died overnight between Wednesday and Thursday morning while emptying his swimming pool as Hurricane Ian swept through the state.

Officials have noted dozens of potential deaths across Florida, and many areas are still assessing total damage.

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Amazon delivery man blows up orders during Hurricane Ian: ‘I hate y’all’

An Amazon delivery man took his frustration out on delivering packages in Florida as the dangerous weather from Hurricane Ian hit the state on Wednesday.

“You all knew this hurricane was coming and you’re still ordering s****,” he said in a video on TikTok from his Amazon van. “I have to go to 172 of you today.”

The man said in the comments that the storm didn’t hit his part of Florida directly, but still brought severe weather to the area.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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