Ian made landfall on Florida's West Coast as a powerful Category 4 hurricane before weakening into a tropical storm as it made its way across the state Wednesday night.
Ian came ashore at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday near Cayo Costa, an island off the coast of Fort Myers. Sustained winds were 150 mph.
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At 11 p.m. Thursday, maximum sustained winds increased to 80 mph, making it a Category 1 hurricane.
Hurricane warnings have been issued for the South Carolina coast.
The storm is forecast to bring life-threatening storm surge through Friday along the coasts of northeast Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
The storm is huge, with tropical-storm-force winds extending up to 415 miles from the center.
Hurricane conditions are possible by tonight along the coasts of Northeast Florida and Georgia, where a hurricane watch is in effect.
Hurricane-force winds are expected across the South Carolina coast beginning early Friday.
The Hurricane Center noted Ian is forecast to have atypical structure when it nears the southeastern United States. Strong winds will extend well ahead of the center, even on the northwestern side.
At 11 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Ian was located 141 miles east of Jacksonville or 185 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina.
Ian is moving toward the north-northeast near 10 mph. A turn toward the north is expected early Friday, followed by a turn toward the north-northwest with an increase in forward speed Friday night.
On the forecast track, Ian will approach the coast of South Carolina on Friday. The center will move farther inland across the Carolinas Friday night and Saturday.
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Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph.
Ian could strengthen a little more before landfall Friday, and is forecast to rapidly weaken over the southeastern United States late Friday into Saturday.
Ian is a large cyclone. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 415 miles from the center.
A NOAA CMAN station at the Saint Johns County pier in Saint Augustine Beach recently reported a sustained wind of 53 mph and a gust of 61 mph (98 km/h).
A WeatherSTEM station reported a gust of 74 mph was reported at Marineland.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 986 mb.
Ongoing major-to-record river flooding will continue across portions of Central Florida, with considerable flooding in northern Florida.
Flash and urban flooding is expected across coastal portions of Northeast Florida through Friday. Local significant flooding in southeastern Georgia and eastern South Carolina is expected through the end of the week.
Where is Hurricane Ian now?
Here is the latest data on Hurricane Ian pulled from the National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m. advisory.
Location: 141 miles east of Jacksonville, 185 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph
Movement: north-northeast at 10 mph
Pressure: 986 MB (millibars)
When next advisory will be released: 2 a.m.
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This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Ian becomes hurricane again ahead of Carolina landfall