TRACKING THE TROPICS – Ian is heading towards South Carolina.

Ian strengthened back to hurricane status Thursday over the Atlantic, southeast of South Carolina’s coast. It is a category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and a minimum pressure of 984 mb as of the 7 AM CDT NHC update today. The storm made its 2nd total landfall on Wednesday near Cayo Costa, FL at 3:05 PM EDT in Southwest Florida. Maximum winds at landfall were measured to be 150 mph. Ian is forecasted to make its 3rd total landfall in South Carolina later today. Tropical storm force winds are already reaching past the coastline into the Carolinas. Ian will bring the threat of flash flooding from heavy rainfall as well as storm surge. 

A hurricane warning is issued for all of the coast of South Carolina into North Carolina. A tropical storm warning is issued for the northern coast of Georgia and most of the coast of North Carolina.

The NHC states “life-threatening storm surge and hurricane conditions expected by this afternoon” along the Southern Atlantic Coast.

You can find more information about the storm from the National Hurricane Center here.

The current forecast keeps the storm east of Louisiana, but we are experiencing dry air being pushed southward by Ian’s large counterclockwise flow.