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Hurricane Ian Tracker: North Carolina Weather Radar Shows Increased Rain and Wind From Storms Coming to South Carolina | LIVE COVERAGE

Hurricane Ian Tracker: North Carolina Weather Radar Shows Increased Rain and Wind From Storms Coming to South Carolina |  LIVE COVERAGE
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Hurricane Ian is approaching North Carolina, with rain and wind increasing throughout the region.

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Hurricane Ian made landfall as a Category 1 storm near Georgetown, South Carolina.

The National Weather Service said the storm will now begin to rapidly weaken as it moves inland through South Carolina and North Carolina.

Rain from Ian will continue in North Carolina through Friday night.

Ian is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone overnight and dissipate sometime on Saturday.

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The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for all of eastern North Carolina through 10 p.m.

A tornado watch means conditions are right for tornadoes to form. It doesn’t mean tornadoes are imminent.

The ABC11 First Alert Weather Team said the chance of tornadoes during this particular storm is low but possible.

Ian’s North Carolina Forecast

Ian is expected to make landfall Friday afternoon near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

However, almost all of the storm’s rainfall is north of its center. That’s why the rainbands hit North Carolina early Friday morning, and it’s also why most of the rain will have stopped by the end of the day.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for most of central North Carolina. This means that we are going to see a lot of rain and a lot of wind.

ABC11 Meteorologist Kweilyn Murphy said most of us can expect 2 to 6 inches of rain on Friday. Although isolated areas will receive heavier downpours amounting to more than 6 inches. Isolated flooding will be possible in and around those areas.

In North Carolina, the storm’s strongest winds will occur closer to the South Carolina border. Those areas around the Sandhills will certainly see sustained winds near 40 miles per hour. As the storm moves north and west, it (and its winds) will weaken.

storm threats

For North Carolina, wind and rain will be the biggest factors with this storm system.

The wind gusts, which began to increase Thursday, will continue into Friday with some gusting up to 50 or 60 miles per hour.

Those strong winds combined with saturated soil could cause trees to topple, putting power lines at risk. Power crews across the state are on high alert and ready to respond as quickly as possible, but it’s still likely that some people will be without power for at least a while.

If you lose power, you should contact your power company. here is a list of numbers to call and other tips on power outages.

Widespread flooding and rising rivers are not major threats. However, flash flooding is a major concern. That’s because some areas will see periods of heavy downpours.

As with most storms, tornadoes are possible. However, in this case it is not likely.

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North Carolina prepares for Ian

Thursday afternoon, Governor Roy Cooper gave an update on state preparations.

Cooper urged North Carolinians to pay close attention to the weather and take necessary action as the remnants of Hurricane Ian move closer to the state.

“Hurricane Ian reminds us how unpredictable these storms can be and North Carolinians need to be prepared when it hits our state,” Cooper said Thursday. “Heavy rain, up to seven inches in some areas, is likely to cause some flooding. Landslides are a threat in our mountains and there is a possibility of tornadoes statewide. Coastal flooding and windstorms are likely. of wind as the storm passes. This storm is still dangerous.”

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