Ian expected to regain hurricane strength before landfall near Charleston

Published: Aug. 7, 2022 at 5:06 PM EDT|Updated: 20 minutes ago
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Winds are picking up in advance of Tropical Storm Ian, but we’re still zeroing in on Friday and Saturday for the main event.

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  • Ian tracking out over Atlantic, expected to regain hurricane strength
  • Winds increase today, peak Friday along with arriving heavy rain
  • First Alert Weather Days on Friday and Saturday for rain & wind

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Partly to mostly sunny skies will continue this afternoon as now-Tropical Storm Ian emerges from Florida out over the Atlantic Ocean. Some clouds on the periphery of the storm will hover overhead, and gradually begin to thicken later in the evening, but the bigger change today will be the winds. Northeast winds will increase to 15-25 mph, but gusts up to 35 mph will be possible. Highs regionwide will top out around 70 degrees, before we dip back to the 40s and 50s overnight with persisting winds.

Friday and Saturday remain FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAYS. Ian is expected to regain hurricane strength off the coast of Georgia later today before taking aim at the South Carolina coast. The storm is expected to curve back toward the northwest on Friday morning, bringing it in for a landfall near Charleston early in the afternoon. While the worst impacts with storm surge and wind will be felt along the coast, we can expect conditions to deteriorate throughout the day.

Most of us will be dry outside of some showers in Ian’s outer bands in the morning, with increasingly steady and heavy rain set to back in from the east during the afternoon and evening. Winds will already be gusting between 30-40 mph in the morning, with peak gusts around 40-50 mph expected Friday evening and overnight.

Periods of rain will continue into Saturday, but will become more intermittent as the center of Ian tracks just east of our area over Charlotte and into western Virginia. Winds will back off slightly as the system weakens, but gusts up to 30 mph will remain a factor into Saturday night. A few leftover showers will persist on Sunday as the remnants of Ian begin to drift east. Rainfall amounts for much of the area will likely come in around 1″-3″, with lighter amounts closer to the SC/GA border and the western North Carolina mountains. Heavier totals of 2″-5″ remain likely from Greenville and Asheville east.