Hurricane Ian – update: Revived storm pounds South Carolina as death toll rises to 27

Hurricane Ian moving up East Coast

A revived Hurricane Ian has battered South Carolina, bringing heavy rains and flooded streets as the death toll in the US from one of its costliest storms climbed to 27.

The storm has barrelled through western Cuba and raked across Florida before gathering strength in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean to curve back and strike South Carolina.

While the storm was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone earlier on Friday, the agency warned river flooding will continue through next week across central Florida.Meanwhile, president Joe Biden has issued an emergency declaration for South Carolina.

The storm hit Florida as one of the most powerful hurricanes in the state’s history, with wind speeds nearly reaching Category 5.

Nearly 2 million people in Florida remain without power – and economic losses could amount to $120bn, according to an estimate.

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Death toll rises to 27

The death toll from Hurricane Ian has risen to 27 as of Friday night.

In Florida, many of the deaths were drownings, including that of a 68-year-old woman swept away into the ocean by a wave.

A 67-year-old man who was waiting to be rescued died after falling into rising water inside his home, authorities said.

Other storm-related deaths include a 22-year-old woman who died after an ATV rollover from a road washout and a 71-year-old man who fell off a roof while putting up rain shutters.

An 80-year-old woman and a 94-year-old man who relied on oxygen machines also died after the equipment stopped working during power outages.

Earlier this week another three people died in Cuba.

The death toll is expected to increase as rescue officials intensify operations in the areas that have been the hardest hit.

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The Times Square area near the Lynn Hall Pier has been reduced to rubble on the island of Fort Myers Beach, Florida

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The Times Square area near the Lynn Hall Pier has been reduced to rubble on the island of Fort Myers Beach, Florida

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Hurricane Ian makes landfall in South Carolina

ICYMI: Ian made landfall again as a Category 1 storm near Georgetown, 60 miles north of Charleston.

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What path is Hurricane Ian taking?

ICYMI: Ian roared ashore as a Category 1 storm near Georgetown, South Carolina with sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.

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Fox News anchor forgets Puerto Rico is part of the US in Hurricane Ian segment

ICYMI: A Fox News anchor was talking about hurricane impacts in Cuba and Puerto Rico when she said “Thank God we have better infrastructure in our country.”

People on social media took her to task for failing to note Puerto Rico, which was slammed by Hurricane Fiona earlier this month, is part of the United States.

Hurricane Ian hit Cuba this week before barrelling into southwest Florida. Large parts of both Cuba and Florida are without power as people recover from the storm.

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Former GOP candidates push baseless QAnon conspiracy theory that Hurricane Ian was created to punish DeSantis

ICYMI: Two former far-right former congressional candidates have said that Hurricane Ian was created to punish Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Republican-leaning states.

Lauren Witzke, the GOP candidate for US Senate in Delaware in 2020 said that “technology exists to manipulate weather” and suggested that the storm targeted Florida for promoting conservative political ideas.

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Flooding to continue in Florida through next week

The National Hurricane Centre has said that flooding will continue through next week in Florida.

Portions of central Florida are expected to see major to record river flooding.

Considerable flooding is also possible in parts of southeast Virginia.

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Man died as floodwater engulfed home, Volusia Sheriff says

ICYMI: A 67-year-old man died as floodwaters filled his home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Thursday night, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department.

The man’s wife and three dogs were able to make it out of the house and to safety, but the victim fell and was not able to get up before being overtaken by floodwaters.

First responders attempted to rescue him, but he was later pronounced dead.

Another man in Volusia County died overnight between Wednesday and Thursday morning while draining his pool as Hurricane Ian swept through the state.

Officials have noted dozens of potential deaths across Florida, with many areas still assessing the total damage.

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Downgraded Ian lashes the Carolinas

The National Hurricane Centre has announced heavy rain, flash flooding and gusty winds as Ian moves into North Carolina.

It added that gusty winds are expected through North and South Carolina through Saturday.

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Amazon delivery driver blasts orders during Hurricane Ian: ‘I hate y’all’

ICYMI: An Amazon delivery driver took out his frustration at delivering packages in Florida as dangerous weather conditions from Hurricane Ian moved into the state on Wednesday.

“Y’all knew this hurricane was coming and you still order s****,” he said in a video on TikTok from his Amazon delivery van. “I gotta go to 172 of y’all today.”

The man said in the comments that the storm didn’t directly hit his part of Florida but still brought some serious weather to the area.

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ICYMI: Orlando area starts to recover from the storm

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University of Central Florida students use an air mattress to leave a flood apartment complex in Orlando on Friday

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University of Central Florida students use an air mattress to leave a flood apartment complex in Orlando on Friday

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A man pulls a canoe through floodwaters in New Smyrna Beach, just north of Orlando

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A man pulls a canoe through floodwaters in New Smyrna Beach, just north of Orlando

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Drone footage shows a flooded neighbourhood in Orlanda, Florida on Friday

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Drone footage shows a flooded neighbourhood in Orlanda, Florida on Friday

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