Storm hits South Carolina; Florida Damaged

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Ian was expected to make landfall Friday afternoon on the South Carolina coast after developing into a Category 1 hurricane Thursday evening. It will then move inland across the state and into North Carolina d here on Saturday.

Trees have toppled, roads have been flooded and more than 69,000 homes have already lost power in South Carolina, officials said at a news conference on Friday. The state’s five shelters had 15% capacity before landing.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said no deaths have yet been reported in the state, “but life-threatening conditions still exist.” He urged residents to stay away from flooded roads.

“It’s not as bad as it could have been. A lot of prayers have been answered,” he said. “…But we are not off the hook.”

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