RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Rain from Hurricane Ian is falling across North Carolina, but heavy bands of rain have yet to arrive.
In central North Carolina, rain and wind are expected to really pick up around noon and last until 8 or 9 p.m.
Ian is currently located 175 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. The storm has sustained winds of 105 mph and is moving north-northeast at 10 mph.
Ian is expected to make landfall between Charleston and Myrtle Beach on Friday.
However, almost all of the storm’s rain falls north of its center. That’s why bands of rain arrived in North Carolina Friday morning — and why most of the rain will end by the end of the day.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for most of central North Carolina. This means we will see a lot of rain and a lot of wind.
Most of us can expect 2-6 inches of rain on Friday, ABC11 Meteorologist Quilin Murphy said. Although isolated areas will receive heavy rainfall that exceeds 6 inches. Isolated flooding is possible in and around that area.
In North Carolina, the storm’s strongest winds will occur near the South Carolina border. Areas around the Sandhills will likely have gusts of 40 miles per hour. As the storm moves north and west, it (and its winds) will weaken.
Threats of storms
For North Carolina, wind and rain will be the biggest factors with this storm system.
The gusty winds that started Thursday will continue into Friday with some gusts up to 50 or 60 miles per hour.
Those high winds, combined with saturated ground, can uproot trees and endanger power lines. Power crews across the state are on high alert and ready to respond as soon as possible, but it’s still likely that some people will be without power for at least a little while.
If you lose power, you should contact your power company. Here is a list Numbers to call and other power outage tips.
Widespread flooding and river flooding are not major threats. However, flash flooding is a major concern. Because there will be heavy rain in some areas.
Like most storms, tornadoes are possible. However, it is not possible in this case.
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North Carolina is preparing for Ian
On Thursday afternoon, Governor Roy Cooper gave an update on the state’s preparations.
As the remnants of Hurricane Ian approach the state, Cooper urged North Carolinians to pay close attention to the weather and take necessary measures.
“Hurricane Ian reminds us how unpredictable these storms can be and that North Carolinians must be prepared when it hits our state,” Cooper said Thursday. “Up to seven inches of heavy rain is possible in some areas with some flooding. There is a risk of landslides in our mountains and a tornado is possible across the state. Coastal flooding and wind gusts are possible as the storm moves through. This is a storm. Still dangerous.”
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