Hurricane Ian news today: Charleston airport cancels flights as Biden issues South Carolina emergency declaration

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Hurricane Ian: Aerial footage shows extent of devastation in Florida

Ian is at hurricane status once more as the tropical storm ploughs towards the Carolinas on the southeast US coastline on Friday.

South Carolina, which is subject to major flood warnings, strong winds and a “life threatening storm surge”, is where the hurricane is expected to make landfall on Friday afternoon.

President Joe Biden has issued an emergency declaration for South Carolina ahead of time as the National Hurricane Center warns of Ian’s strengthening over the Atlantic.

In Florida, rescue operations have been taking place after unprecedented flooding from one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the United States. It remains unclear how many people are exactly missing.

Thousands of people are stranded across the state and some 2 million people remain without power, in damage and economic losses that could amount to as much as $120bn, according to the latest estimate.

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Why you shouldn’t linger in hurricane floodwaters

ICYMI: As Hurricane Ian slammed Florida with wind speeds over 150mph, multiple people have shared videos of themselves swimming through floodwaters. We’re here to tell you why you shouldn’t do the same.

Amber Raiken has the story:

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Windy scenes at Myrtle Beach airport before closure

Planes were seen delicately landing at Myrtle Beach airport on Thursday as wind speeds pick up before the arrival of category one Hurricane Ian on Friday.

In one video shared on Twitter, a Spirit airlines flight was seen swaying as the aircraft landed in South Carolina.

Both Myrtle Beach International Airport and Charleston International Airport are expected to delay flights on Friday when Ian hits, but may not close completely, airport officials say.

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Where to donate to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian

ICYMI: Non-profit organisations have opened up relief funds to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian.

You can find a list of places where you can donate in the article below”

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Landfall could be between Charleston and Myrtle Beach

Weather forecasts are trying to predict where the category one storm will make landfall in South Carolina on Friday as Ian approaches with wind speeds of 85mph.

According to WBRC News meteorologist Matt Daniel, Ian could make landfall anywhere between the city of Charleston and Myrtle Beach on Friday afternoon.

Warnings of a storm surge and major flooding are in place for the South Carolina coastline.

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Aerial photos capture Hurricane Ian devastation on Florida coast

Thousands are stranded in Florida while more than 2.6 million people are without power. Ian downgraded to a tropical storm – but forecasters warn danger has not passed.

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Orlando International Airport to reopen after Hurricane Ian closure

Orlando International will reopen at 12pm ET (5pm BST) on Friday 30 September, following two days of closure due to Hurricane Ian.

Read the full story here:

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Florida residents still sheltering-in-place

Residents in North Port, Florida have been asked to shelter in place untill 6am ET on Friday amid flooding from Hurricane Ian.

Officials in North Port issued a citywide curfew for residents from 8pm on Thursday night and said: “There is a strong potential for the water levels throughout the city to continue rising over the days ahead as the rainwater Hurricane Ian dumped to the north of us flows south”.

Other cities and counties across Florida have seen similar flooding, with curfews and shelter-in-place orders issued.

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2.07 million homes in Florida still without electricity

According to PowerOutage.us, nearly 2.07 million homes and businesses in Florida were still without electricity, as of early Friday morning.

On Thursday, there were 2.6 million Floridians who were without power in the state.

Florida Power & Light, the state’s largest energy provider, said in a tweet: “Downed trees, high winds and flooding are posing challenges but we’re working around the clock to repair and restore all areas.”

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Tom Brady promises to help with Hurricane Ian relief work

Tom Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, has announced that he will donate money towards Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

In a tweet, he said: “Happy we’re able to head home for Sunday night, but so many people in Florida won’t be able to do the same. I’ll be making a donation to the Florida Disaster Fund to get things started, and I’m hoping the rest of the NFL family in our state will follow suit.”

The owners of the team, the Glazer family, also announced donations of $1m to “organisations that are providing support to those who have been most impacted” in Florida.

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Ian a ‘1-in-1000 year rain event’ says Florida meteorologist

ICYMI: Hurricane Ian will enter the history books as one of the worst to make US landfall, with a triple threat of impacts: severe surge, wind & rain. The rapid intensification near landfall shown by vivid lightning and a clearing eye. A 1-in-1000 year rain event NW of the track,” tweeted WFLA-TV (Tampa Bay) Chief Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli.

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