FIRST ALERT: Catastrophic Ian to impact Florida, bring rain, wind and flooding to the Lowcountry!

Updated: 2 hours ago

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Ian will bring devastating impacts to Southwest and West Central Florida coastline as it comes ashore this afternoon and evening. Ian has already spread clouds in our direction as the breeze will continue to pick up today, a result of the storm to our south and a strong high pressure system to our north. Ian will weaken substantially as it moves across Florida and nears the east coast of Florida by Thursday night. Forecast tracks show the potential that this storm will slide offshore, into the Atlantic Ocean, before turning northward. That brings in the potential that this storm makes a second landfall along the South Carolina or Georgia coastline. With the possibility of the storm picking up in speed, it could be slightly stronger prior to making landfall. With that potential, a HURRICANE WATCH is in effect for Charleston, Tidal Berkeley, Coastal Colleton and Beaufort Counties. Regardless, tropical storm conditions are expected along our coastline late Thursday into Friday. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING is in effect for Charleston, Berkeley, Coastal Colleton and Beaufort counties. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH is in effect for Inland Colleton and Dorchester counties. A STORM SURGE WARNING is in effect along the coast from Charleston County south into Georgia. Current forecasts call for 3-5′ of storm surge, which is additional water on top of the normal high tide level.

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Updated: 2 hours ago
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Ian will bring devastating impacts to Southwest and West Central Florida coastline as it comes ashore this afternoon and evening. Ian has already spread clouds in our direction as the breeze will continue to pick up today, a result of the storm to our south and a strong high pressure system to our north. Ian will weaken substantially as it moves across Florida and nears the east coast of Florida by Thursday night. Forecast tracks show the potential that this storm will slide offshore, into the Atlantic Ocean, before turning northward. That brings in the potential that this storm makes a second landfall along the South Carolina or Georgia coastline. With the possibility of the storm picking up in speed, it could be slightly stronger prior to making landfall. With that potential, a HURRICANE WATCH is in effect for Charleston, Tidal Berkeley, Coastal Colleton and Beaufort Counties. Regardless, tropical storm conditions are expected along our coastline late Thursday into Friday. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING is in effect for Charleston, Berkeley, Coastal Colleton and Beaufort counties. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH is in effect for Inland Colleton and Dorchester counties. A STORM SURGE WARNING is in effect along the coast from Charleston County south into Georgia. Current forecasts call for 3-5′ of storm surge, which is additional water on top of the normal high tide level.

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