South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said the coastal state was “not out of the woods yet” after Hurricane Ian made landfall on Friday, leaving flooded roads and strong winds in its wake as the now post-tropical cyclone swept north through the state pulls.
Several videos released on Friday have highlighted the destruction the tropical storm left in its wake, including one from WeatherNation field reporter Josh Morgerman, who shared a video of him floating in flooded waters in Georgetown at around 3:11 p.m. South Carolina, stood. Hurricane Ian made its first landfall just south of Georgetown on Friday noon.
In the video, Morgermans pans across the street he’s standing on and comments that the “historic district” is “completely submerged.”
“The whole thing,” adds Morgerman. “As far as the eye can see.”
Another video posted earlier in the day by Live5News reporter Rey Llerena shows heavy rain mixed with strong winds hitting the streets of Georgetown.
Some videos from Myrtle Beach, just 35 miles north of Georgetown, have also been released showing structural damage to the popular vacation spot. A video posted by WYFF News 4 shows high waves washing away parts of Cherry Grove Pier near North Myrtle Beach.
The Myrtle Beach Police Department also shared video showing cars driving down a very flooded 3rd Avenue South and Ocean Boulevard around 1:30 p.m. Friday.
“Do not drive through flooded streets,” Myrtle Beach Police Department captioned the video. “There’s no reason to take that risk.”
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Hurricane Ian struck South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane with winds up to 85 miles per hour. The NHC also warned in its 5pm update that even past the tropics, Ian presents a dangerous chance of storm surges, flash floods and high winds as he travels across the state and can still get winds of up to 70mph .
Gov. McMaster, in a news release Friday, urged residents to keep abreast of tropical storm movement and stay indoors before the ongoing storm surge.
“Many prayers have been answered,” McMaster said in the press release. “This storm isn’t as bad as it could have been, but don’t let your guard down just yet.”
Unlike Florida, where Hurricane Ian made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, no South Carolina residents were ordered to evacuate ahead of the storm.
The heaviest parts of the storm appear to have passed parts of Myrtle Beach by Friday night, as Ian heads inland toward North Carolina. A photo shared by photojournalist Van Applegate shows a rainbow peeking out from behind clouds over calm waters in South Myrtle Beach around 4:23 p.m
news week has contacted the Myrtle Beach Police Department for updates on damage and search and rescue efforts.
https://www.newsweek.com/videos-show-hurricane-ians-wrath-south-carolina-storm-makes-landfall-1748111 Videos show the wrath of Hurricane Ian in South Carolina as the storm makes landfall