Friday, February 3

Tybee Island, Hilton Head brace for impacts of Hurricane Ian


Ian is a hurricane once again, as the Category 1 storm now takes aim at the Carolinas and Georgia.Although they will not face the brunt of the storm’s wrath, several island communities — notably Tybee and Hilton Head — are prepping for potential high winds and flooding. On Georgia’s Tybee Island Thursday evening, wind gusts were reported at 43 mph. The rain started around 6 p.m. and has held constant throughout the night, accompanied by gusty winds. The conditions did not stop people from going to the beach Thursday, with several people swimming in the surf despite city warnings not to. Others just came to the shore to experience the storm’s power firsthand. Take a look at conditions as of 11 p.m. Thursday in the video player above. Below, a look at Hilton Head.In South Carolina, Hilton Head’s Coligny Beach saw wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour Thursday night. Rain and wind picked up into the evening hours as Ian bears down on the Carolina coast. The island community will likely see some of the storm’s impacts but avoid a direct hit, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is moving north-northeast at 10 mph and could make a second landfall along the South Carolina coast Friday afternoon, tracking between Charleston and Myrtle Beach. By Friday evening, it’s pushing through South Carolina and into North Carolina to start off Saturday morning.With tropical storm-force winds reaching about 415 miles from its center, Ian is forecast to shove a storm surge of 5 feet into coastal areas in Georgia and the Carolinas. Rainfall of up to 8 inches threatened flooding from South Carolina to Virginia.National Guard troops were being positioned in South Carolina to help with the aftermath, including any water rescues.

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Ian is a hurricane once again, as the Category 1 storm now takes aim at the Carolinas and Georgia.

Although they will not face the brunt of the storm’s wrath, several island communities — notably Tybee and Hilton Head — are prepping for potential high winds and flooding.

On Georgia’s Tybee Island Thursday evening, wind gusts were reported at 43 mph. The rain started around 6 p.m. and has held constant throughout the night, accompanied by gusty winds.

The conditions did not stop people from going to the beach Thursday, with several people swimming in the surf despite city warnings not to. Others just came to the shore to experience the storm’s power firsthand.

Take a look at conditions as of 11 p.m. Thursday in the video player above. Below, a look at Hilton Head.


In South Carolina, Hilton Head’s Coligny Beach saw wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour Thursday night. Rain and wind picked up into the evening hours as Ian bears down on the Carolina coast. The island community will likely see some of the storm’s impacts but avoid a direct hit, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is moving north-northeast at 10 mph and could make a second landfall along the South Carolina coast Friday afternoon, tracking between Charleston and Myrtle Beach. By Friday evening, it’s pushing through South Carolina and into North Carolina to start off Saturday morning.

With tropical storm-force winds reaching about 415 miles from its center, Ian is forecast to shove a storm surge of 5 feet into coastal areas in Georgia and the Carolinas. Rainfall of up to 8 inches threatened flooding from South Carolina to Virginia.

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National Guard troops were being positioned in South Carolina to help with the aftermath, including any water rescues.

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