Hurricane Ian update: Revived storm pounds South Carolina as death toll rises to 27

Hurricane Ian moving up East Coast

A revived Hurricane Ian has battered South Carolina, bringing heavy rains and flooded streets as the death toll in the US from one of its costliest storms climbed to 27.

The storm has barreled through western Cuba and raked across Florida before gathering strength in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean to curve back and strike South Carolina.

While the storm was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone earlier on Friday, the agency warned river flooding will continue through next week across central Florida.

The storm hit Florida as one of the most powerful hurricanes in the state’s history, with wind speeds nearly reaching Category 5.

Nearly 2 million people in Florida remain without power – and economic losses could amount to $120bn, according to an estimate.

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Climate crisis is creating stronger hurricanes than ever before. Here’s why

ICYMI: Hurricane Ian quickly strengthened into a near-Category 5 storm by the time it smacked into southwestern Florida, leaving huge areas flattened, bridges destroyed and many communities underwater.

Scientists say this kind of “rapid intensification” is related to the climate crisis, as hotter oceans can supercharge a storm – providing it with a lot of power very quickly.

As the planet heats up, hurricanes are expected to become stronger and more destructive on average.

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Death toll rises to 27

The death toll from Hurricane Ian has risen to 27 as of Friday night.

In Florida, many of the deaths were drownings, including that of a 68-year-old woman swept away into the ocean by a wave.

A 67-year-old man who was waiting to be rescued died after falling into rising water inside his home, authorities said.

Other storm-related deaths include a 22-year-old woman who died after an ATV rollover from a road washout and a 71-year-old man who fell off a roof while putting up rain shutters.

An 80-year-old woman and a 94-year-old man who connected on oxygen machines also died after the equipment stopped working during power outages.

Earlier this week another three people died in Cuba.

The death toll is expected to increase as rescue officials intensify operations in the areas that have been the hardest hit.

The Times Square area near the Lynn Hall Pier has been reduced to rubble on the island of Fort Myers Beach, Florida

(© South Florida Sun Sentinel 2022)

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Hurricane Ian makes landfall in South Carolina

ICYMI: Ian made landfall again as a Category 1 storm near Georgetown, 60 miles north of Charleston.

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What path is Hurricane Ian taking?

ICYMI: Ian roared ashore as a Category 1 storm near Georgetown, South Carolina with sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.

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Fox News anchor forgets Puerto Rico is part of the US in Hurricane Ian segment

ICYMI: A Fox News anchor was talking about hurricane impacts in Cuba and Puerto Rico when she said “Thank God we have better infrastructure in our country.”

People on social media took her to task for failing to note Puerto Rico, which was slammed by Hurricane Fiona earlier this month, is part of the United States.

Hurricane Ian hit Cuba this week before barreling into southwest Florida. Large parts of both Cuba and Florida are without power as people recover from the storm.

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Former GOP candidates push baseless QAnon conspiracy theory that Hurricane Ian was created to punish DeSantis

ICYMI: Two former far-right former congressional candidates have said that Hurricane Ian was created to punish Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Republican-leaning states.

Lauren Witzke, the GOP candidate for US Senate in Delaware in 2020 said that “technology exists to manipulate weather” and suggested that the storm targeted Florida for promoting conservative political ideas.

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Flooding to continue in Florida through next week

The National Hurricane Center has said that flooding will continue through next week in Florida.

Portions of central Florida are expected to see major to record river flooding.

Considerable flooding is also possible in parts of southeast Virginia.

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Man died as floodwater engulfed home, Volusia Sheriff says

ICYMI: A 67-year-old man died as floodwaters filled his home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Thursday night, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department.

The man’s wife and three dogs were able to make it out of the house and to safety, but the victim fell and was not able to get up before being overtaken by floodwaters.

First responders attempted to rescue him, but he was later pronounced dead.

Another man in Volusia County died overnight between Wednesday and Thursday morning while draining his pool as Hurricane Ian swept through the state.

Officials have noted dozens of potential deaths across Florida, with many areas still assessing the total damage.

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Downgraded Ian lashes the Carolinas

The National Hurricane Center has announced heavy rain, flash flooding and gusty winds as Ian moves into North Carolina.

It added that gusty winds are expected through North and South Carolina through Saturday.

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Amazon delivery driver blasts orders during Hurricane Ian: ‘I hate y’all’

ICYMI: An Amazon delivery driver took out his frustration at delivering packages in Florida as dangerous weather conditions from Hurricane Ian moved into the state on Wednesday.

“Y’all knew this hurricane was coming and you still order s****,” he said in a video on TikTok from his Amazon delivery van. “I gotta go to 172 of y’all today.”

The man said in the comments that the storm didn’t directly hit his part of Florida but still brought some serious weather to the area.

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