Ian is now classified as a post-tropical cyclone.
Typhoon Ian struck South Carolina on Friday afternoon after causing massive destruction and dozens of deaths in Florida in the previous days, among others news agency Reuters and a British magazine The Guardian tell.
Ian hit Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday as one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the continental United States. Officials fear it will be the worst natural disaster in Florida history.
According to Florida police authorities, 23 people have died in the state in the storm, the news agency AFP reports. AFP points out, however, that according to county officials cited by CNN, for example, there may be as many as 45 dead. In Cuba, the storm was reported to have caused two deaths.
Before after landing in Florida, Ian wreaked havoc in Cuba by, among other things, cutting off electricity to practically all of the country’s 11.3 million inhabitants. The Cuban government has requested the President of the United States Joe Biden emergency aid from the administration, The Wall Street Journal reports on Friday.
Ian landed in South Carolina near the beach town of Georgetown. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), the maximum wind speed at that time was almost 39 meters per second. The storm knocked out power to more than 400,000 homes and businesses in the states of South and North Carolina.
Ian, now classified as a post-tropical cyclone, will bring heavy rain and possible flash flooding to parts of North and South Carolina, as well as Virginia and West Virginia, as it weakens through at least Saturday morning.
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