FIRST ALERT: Ian Strikes Florida Wednesday... Impacts SC Late Thursday and all day Friday.

Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh has the latest on the track of Hurricane Ian and what to expect in the Lowcountry.
Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 10:19 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2022 at 10:28 PM EDT
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HARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - We are watching Hurricane Ian and the latest track takes the storm from Florida back across the coastal waters of Georgia and near the south coast of South Carolina on Friday. The impacts are likely to be heavy rainfall, gusty winds and coastal flooding. Rainfall amounts of 5 to 8 inches possible and wind gusts near 50 mph close to the coast not out of the question as the center approaches Friday. Track adjustments will take place over the next 48 hours, but models in good agreement on these impacts and we will continue to monitor. FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY on Friday. Cooler air will take over for the rest of the week as the sky becomes increasingly cloudy. Highs will only reach the low to mid 70s Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH has been issued for Charleston, Berkeley, Coastal Colleton and Beaufort Counties until further notice. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm force winds (39mph-73mph) are possible.

A STORM SURGE WATCH has been issued Charleston, Coastal Colleton and Beaufort Counties until further notice. Forecasts show that 2-4 feet of peak storm surge is possible Thursday or Friday.

Current Expectations:

Thursday - Cloudy but a mainly dry day as the wind begins to increase with gusts 25 to 35 mph, strongest along the coast. Coastal flooding is possible around high tides. Showers may begin late in the day.

Thursday Night into Friday - Heavy rain will develop and move onshore. Periods of heavy rain likely off and on throughout the day. Gusty winds with up to 40 mph along the coast, 50 mph if the storm moves in from the ocean. 3-6″ of rain likely. Coastal flooding, beach erosion and isolated tornadoes are also possible.

Friday Night - Heavy rain continues with several additional inches of rain likely. Breezy with wind gusts 30 to 40 mph.

Saturday - Heavy rain begins to move out of the area. Depending on track of the storm, a good portion of Saturday may turn out fairly nice. Sunshine will start to break through.

Rainfall totals - 4-8″ best guess at this time

Gusts to 40 mph near the coast.

Coastal flooding, beach erosion, high surf and isolated tornadoes are possible.

WEDNESDAY: Mainly Cloudy. High 75, Low 60.

THURSDAY: Cloudy with Rain Late. Windy at Times. High 71, Low 65.

FRIDAY: Cloudy, Very Wet and Windy. High 75, Low 68.

SATURDAY: Partly to Mostly Cloudy. Scattered Rain. High 81, Low 66.