After Punishing Florida, ‘Life Threatening’ Hurricane Ian Steams Towards South Carolina, While Airlines Cancel 4,000 Flights

By Anna Breuer on 30 September 2022
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The Talmadge Memorial Bridge, which spans the Savannah River between downtown Savannah and Hutchinson Island

Hurricane Ian is barreling towards South Carolina as of Friday morning, after causing as much as $47 billion in property damage in Florida.

As of the 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, the eye of the hurricane is only about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from making landfall in South Carolina.

The agency said that that the storm was “accelerating toward the South Carolina coast, with life-threatening storm surge and damaging winds expected soon.”

After causing severe disruption to and within travel in Florida, where airports are slowly reopening, Ian is now wreaking havoc for travelers in South Carolina.

Over 4,000 flights have been cancelled within, into, and out of the United States in the period Thursday through Saturday, and the majority of these stem from the southeastern United States.

Charleston International Airport, the city’s main airport, has closed, while, north of Charleston, Myrtle Beach Airport said Thursday afternoon that it would remain open.  However, some 90% of its flights on Friday have been cancelled.  Savannah/Hilton Head Airport is also staying open, albeit with high numbers of flight cancellations.

Ian remains a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (137 km/h), but its forward speed has increased slightly to 14 mph (23 km/h).

Landfall is expected early this afternoon between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The eye of the storm is expected to hit east of Charleston, and the storm surge forecast has been lowered accordingly, albeit slightly, for the city. It is currently expected to be 2 to 4’ (61 to 122 cm) above tidal levels.

A higher surge is expected east of the center of the storm, where winds will push water onshore. Storm surge is forecast to be 4 to 7’ (122 to 213 cm) from Isle of the Palms to Little River Inlet, which includes Myrtle Beach.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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