Ian weakened to a post-tropical storm around 5 p.m. Friday, the National Hurricane Center he said, hours after making landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane. However, storm surge watches and warnings were still in effect for parts of North Carolina.
The hurricane center said Ian made landfall near Georgetown, South Carolina, shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.
In Florida, the extent of the storm’s devastation was beginning to become clear, as rescue missions continued and power and water outages persisted. New images on Friday showed extensive debris and disastrous flooding.
State emergency officials have announced 21 deaths as of Friday morning, however they are not sure if all are directly related to the storm. Additionally, in Volusia County, the sheriff’s department has confirmed two storm-related deaths there. As teams continue to conduct searches, the death toll could rise as officials learn more about Ian’s losses.