Strong wind and rain Friday, hurricane hits the SC coast
GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Winds are picking up in advance of Ian, but we’re still zeroing in on Friday into Friday night for the main event.
First Alert Headlines
- FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAYS for Friday and early Saturday
- Winds peak on Friday, with gusts 40+ mph
- Heavy rain could lead to isolated flooding and landslides for the eastern mountains
Northeast winds will continue at 15-25 mph, but gusts up to 35 mph will be possible. You’ll hear the winds howling outside through the night with temps in the 40s and 50s.
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″-4″ remain likely from Greenville and Asheville east.
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