MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Hurricane Ian made landfall around 2 p.m. on Friday near Georgetown as a Category 1 hurricane with winds sustained at 85 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
With any landfalling tropical system, the main impacts are storm surges, tornados, wind, and rainfall. Storm surges and wind were the greatest concerns with Ian, due to the fact that Ian made landfall close to our high tide. Winds persistently gusted in the mid-40s, but gusts in the mid-upper 50s occured as well.
Only light showers remain in place. Winds will continue to be breezy into the overnight hours, but calm down for tomorrow. Rainfall was rather significant. Radar estimates that 4-6″ fell along the Grand Strand with the highest totals occurring along the south strand. Throughout the Pee Dee, 2-4″ will be the final totals, on average.
The National Weather Service site in North Myrtle Beach reported a new record for daily rainfall. Previously, the record was 2.05″ and that was set in 2010. Today, Hurricane Ian dropped 3.41″.
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