In neighboring North Carolina alone, where “Ian” moved on, civil protection spoke of around 300,000 power outages. “Ian” made landfall in Florida on Wednesday as a level four hurricane with wind speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. It left destruction and flooding in its wake across the southern state.
State of emergency declared in South Carolina
A state of emergency was declared in South Carolina because of the hurricane. US President Joe Biden called on the population to follow the instructions of the authorities. Regarding the devastation in Florida, Biden said: “We are just beginning to see the extent of the destruction.” Hurricane Ian will “probably be among the worst in the country’s history,” said the US President.
In the city of Georgetown, South Carolina, water was standing on the central shopping street. The small town of Pawleys Island was hit by a two meter high tidal wave. On Tuesday, “Ian” was a category three out of five hurricane that made landfall in Cuba and caused severe damage there. At least three people died, according to the government. Large parts of the Caribbean state were still without electricity on Friday.