Hurricane Ian is a Category One hurricane expected to make landfall in the Hurricane Warning area this afternoon. A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning remain in effect for our area.
At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 31.4 North, longitude 79.1 West. Ian is moving toward the north near 9 mph (15 km/h). This general motion with an increase in forward speed is expected this morning, followed by a
turn toward the north-northwest by tonight. On the forecast track, the center of Ian will approach and reach the coast of South Carolina today, and then move farther inland across eastern South Carolina and central North Carolina tonight and Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected before Ian reaches the coast later today. Rapid weakening is expected after landfall, and Ian is forecast to become an extratropical low over North Carolina tonight or on Saturday. The low is then expected to dissipate by Saturday night.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 485 miles (780 km).
Due to a variety of hazards, travel is not recommended today in the Hurricane Warning area, especially near the coast.
- Location: 31.4N 79.1W
- About 105 miles south of Charleston SC
- Maximum Sustained Winds 85 mph
- Movement North or 5 degrees at 9 mph
For the latest forecast please visit https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#ian