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The danger of life-threatening inundation from storm surge persists in Central Florida as Hurricane Ian takes aim at the Carolinas and Georgia as a Category 1 storm.
As of 8 p.m., Ian was moving toward the north-northeast at about 10 mph with maximum sustained winds at 75 mph. The storm is about 215 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina and about 300 miles south-southwest of Cape Fear, North Carolina.
Tropical Storm Ian was upgraded to a hurricane, according to the 5 p.m. National Hurricane Center advisory, as Central Florida experienced massive amounts of rain.
Ian came ashore Wednesday afternoon near Cayo Costa, Florida, with winds of 150 mph and began a punishing march northeastward across the state.
“A turn toward the north is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the north-northwest with an increase in forward speed Friday night. On the forecast track, Ian will approach the coast of South Carolina on Friday,” the National Hurricane Center said. “The center will move farther inland across the Carolinas Friday night and Saturday.”
Active watches and warnings:
Flash Flood Warning for Flagler County until 9 p.m.
A Flood Warning is in place for Lake, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia
A flood advisory has been posted for Orange, Brevard, Volusia, Seminole, Lake, Osceola, Indian River
A storm surge warning remains in effect for Flagler/Volusia Line
A hurricane watch remains in effect for Flagler
Tropical storm warning have been lifted for Lake, Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties. Winds have been coming down. Stay with @WESH.. #weshwx pic.twitter.com/gCDWIA5pcl
Heartbreaking images of widespread flooding across our Central Florida communities. An absolutely incredible amount of rain fall over the past 48 hours. pic.twitter.com/NMrfBeocif
The 8pm intermediate advisory on #Ian has been issued; Here's a look… More tonight on @WESH 2 News… pic.twitter.com/vipL6BQpwM
River levels are getting up to record levels in spots. It is going to take over a week for some spots to get back to normal levels. pic.twitter.com/4PkP4Z5CKa
Ian is forecast to produce the following rainfall through Thursday:
During a press conference Thursday morning, Gov. Ron DeSantis noted that Central Florida is experiencing “a 500-year flood event.”
As for reports of hundreds of deaths in Lee County, DeSantis said “none of that is confirmed” and is only an estimate. He said it was based on emergency calls from people saying that the water is rising in their homes.
One fatality has been confirmed in Central Florida. Chopper 2 was over the Orlando area where we saw tremendous flooding in the area.
As of 11 a.m., there were toughly 2.3 million people without power in Florida.
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