Guide to latest forecast and resources ahead of Ian

If you're new to the area, First Alert Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent talks about how to prepare for tropical weather ahead of Hurricane Ian.
Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 1:18 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2022 at 10:38 AM EDT
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The Carolinas are bracing for impacts from Hurricane Ian. Here is a guide to the resources and forecast information you need to know to prepare!

FORECAST

The FOX Carolina First Alert Weather team is tracking Ian closely and monitoring potential impacts for the Upstate. Our team has called First Alert Weather Days for Friday and Saturday due to rain and possibly strong winds.

Ian made landfall Wednesday afternoon as a massive Category 4 hurricane, but weakened over Florida to a Tropical Storm. However, when Ian moved over Atlantic waters again, it re-strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane.

It is expected to make landfall in South Carolina Friday afternoon.

First Alert Headlines

  • FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAYS remain in place today and early Saturday
  • Winds peak this afternoon into tonight, with gusts 40+ mph
  • Heavy rain could lead to isolated flooding and landslides for the eastern mountains

Click here to get the latest forecast information sent directly to your phone from the First Alert Weather team.

If you’re new to the Upstate, First Alert Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent has information about what to expect during a tropical event and how you can prepare at the top of this article.

You can also get the latest forecasts live and on-demand - even if you don’t have cable, satellite or an antenna - with the free FOX Carolina News streaming app for Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.

FOX Carolina's apps for Roku, AppleTV and FireTV.
FOX Carolina's apps for Roku, AppleTV and FireTV.(FOX Carolina News)

EVENTS

Outdoor events on Friday and Saturday could be impacted by weather.

The University of South Carolina moved Saturday’s game against SC State to Thursday, Sep. 29 at 7 p.m.

“Due to the potential impact of the hurricane on Columbia and the surrounding area, it is in the best interest of safety to play the game on Thursday rather than Saturday afternoon,” said South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner.

Multiple high school football games in the Upstate have already been rescheduled to Thursday in preparation for possible heavy rain.

The following Upstate events have been cancelled or postponed:

MORE DETAILS: Upstate events postponed, canceled due to impact of Ian

OUTAGES

Strong winds with any weather event have the potential to knock down power lines and cause outages. Here are outage maps for different utility companies in the Upstate:

If you lose power, you can still get the latest weather alerts with the free First Alert Weather app.

FOX Carolina First Alert weather app
FOX Carolina First Alert weather app

EMERGENCY KIT

South Carolina Emergency Management Division says you should have enough supplies at home to meet your family’s needs for at least three days. Prepare a Family Emergency Kit for items you need in the event of an emergency.

Click here to download a printable checklist from SCEMD.

An emergency kit should include:

  • Water (2 gallons per person per day)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle
  • Moist towelettes and trash bags for personal sanitation
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Cash or travelers’ checks
  • Family emergency contact information
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Prescription medication and glasses
  • Pet food and extra water for pets
  • Local maps
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Important family documents
From essentials to personal items, your emergency kit needs to fit around what your needs are...
From essentials to personal items, your emergency kit needs to fit around what your needs are in the most crucial moments.(WTVY)