After wreaking havoc in Florida, where it trapped thousands of people inside their homes and claimed at least 17 lives, a revived Hurricane Ian crushed coastal South Carolina on Friday, tearing apart piers and flooding streets.
Florida: After wreaking havoc in Florida, where it trapped thousands of people inside their homes and claimed at least 17 lives, a revived Hurricane Ian crushed coastal South Carolina on Friday, tearing apart piers and flooding streets.
The powerful storm, which is thought to be one of the most expensive hurricanes to ever hit the United States, has captivated the majority of people this week. It pummelling western Cuba and swept across Florida before gaining strength in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and turning back to hit South Carolina.
Even though Ian’s centre came ashore near Georgetown, South Carolina, on Friday with somewhat weaker winds than it did earlier this week when it crossed Florida’s Gulf Coast, the hurricane submerged a large portion of Charleston’s downtown peninsula. It also washed away parts of four piers along the coast, including two at Myrtle Beach.
Seawater was seen filling neighbourhoods in Garden City to calf level, as an online camera showed. On Friday evening, Ian moved across South Carolina on its approach to North Carolina. It dropped from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone.
Ian left a wide swath of devastation in Florida, which flooded sections along both of its coasts, tore homes away from their foundations, destroyed businesses along the beach, and left more than 2 million people without electricity. Most of the deaths occurred due to drowning. The number of fatalities was predicted to rise.
Thousands of people were trapped in flooded homes and destroyed buildings in Florida due to the effect of the hurricane, and rescue workers used boats and waddled through riverine streets to reach them.
Hurricane Ian is estimated to have caused “well over $100 billion” in damage, with losses from private insurance policies totaling $63 billion, as per the disaster modelling firm Karen Clark & Company, which on a regular basis issues flash calamity estimates. If those numbers are borne out, that would make Ian at least the fourth costliest hurricane in Us history.