Severe Weather Watch: Tracking Hurricane Ian

Severe Weather Watch: Tracking Hurricane Ian

Severe Weather Watch: Tracking Hurricane Ian

A massive wind field is shown on Hurricane Ian, as of 8 a.m. Friday, with Tropical Storm force winds reaching all the way up into Virginia.

Hurricane Ian is still spinning off the coast of South Carolina, having grown back to Hurricane status last night, and North Carolina is now feeling direct impacts of the storm.

Rain bands started hitting late Thursday night, and for the most part has not let up in Fayetteville and the region.

As of 8 a.m., Fayetteville had reportedly seen about .3 inches of rain, with locally heavier amounts in some areas. Wilmington has seen about 1.6 inches in some spots already. More – lots more – rain is still coming, and much of it will be heavier.

Roadways are already showing heavy rain puddling, and will only get worse as the day goes on. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH STANDING WATER! Turn around, don’t drown. If you do not need to be out driving today, just stay off the roads.

Also of note, with this much rain falling, and winds gusting up to around 40 mph, there remains moderate risk of trees falling, and power outages. Already in Hope Mills, we’ve seen a tree down on Johnson Street that took out some power early.

Now is the time to make sure your electronic devices are charged, and that you have access to your flashlights, etc. in case of those outages.

Most schools are closed or remote today in our part of North Carolina, because of Ian. You can look at our closures page for more information.

We’ll be updating this page and our social media throughout the day to keep you safe.

  • 1. Current Status

    Ian remains a powerful storm, regardless of the difference between the Category 4 storm that hit Florida, vs. the Category 1 storm that will hit South Carolina today.

  • 2. Rain and Wind

    Our area can expect 4-6 inches of rain throughout the day, and will see gusts of wind possibly up to around 50 mph. We WILL see sustained winds around 40 mph at various times throughout the day.

  • 3. Rain Field

    As of the 8 a.m. update, rain is expected to impact nearly all of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

  • 4. Wind Field

  • 5. Do Not Underestimate

    As Chick Jacobs pointed out, this storm will not be as bad as Florence, but it’s worth noting how serious the National Weather Service is taking this.

  • 6. Landfall Projections

    At least one model has Ian moving a little more up the South Carolina coast before landfall. That will lead to the potential for stronger and more sustained winds around our area.

  • 7. Prepare for Power Outages

  • 8. Shelter Available

    Cumberland County has made a shelter available at Smith Recreation Center if needed.

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