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Ian regains Category 1 Hurricane strength, additional landfall Friday in South Carolina

After making landfall as a high end Category 4 Hurricane on Wednesday, Ian moved east and weakened to a tropical storm on Thursday morning.

By Thursday afternoon, Ian moved back over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean and regained strength along the way.

As of the 5pm ET National Hurricane Center Advisory, Ian is a Category 1 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

Hurricane Ian is forecast to move north through the Atlantic Ocean overnight through Friday morning. Ian will then make landfall Friday afternoon as a tropical storm along the South Carolina coast line near Charleston.

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Ian’s forecast path remains well to the east of Metro Atlanta, however some impacts will still be experienced in North Georgia.

Wind gusts as high as 30-35 mph are possible Friday morning through Saturday evening. This is strong enough to knock down trees and powerlines, particularly in East Georgia as well as the North Georgia Mountains.

Rainfall totals have stepped downwards, and there will be areas in Metro Atlanta that will not receive any rain at all as the core of Ian’s precipitation stays well east of the region. Areas east of Georgia 400 can expect 0.1″ to 0.5″ of rain Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. Rainfall totals increase to 1-3 inches for Athens, Blairsville, and Augusta.

Ian’s rainbands will swirl through Metro Atlanta Friday afternoon through the evening hours. Some rain is likely through early Saturday morning, but the rainbands will swirl out of the Metro region by Saturday afternoon.

Breezy conditions are expected through Saturday evening, as wind gusts as high as 30-35 mph are expected through Saturday night.


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