Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hurricane Ian update
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hurricane Ian update

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for most of the Charlotte area as Ian continues to move north toward the Carolina coast with heavy rain, damaging winds and significant storm surge.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Chester, Chesterfield, Gaston Iredell, Lancaster, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Richmond, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York counties in the Charlotte area ahead of Tropical Storm Ian. The warning is in effect until further notice as Ian is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the Carolinas late Thursday through Saturday.

Hurricane Warnings are in effect for the entire South Carolina coast. As of 11 a.m. Thursday, Ian was about 25 miles north-northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, with sustained winds of 70 mph.

Hurricane Ian carved a path of destruction across Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, cutting off the only bridge to a barrier island, destroying a historic waterfront pier and knocking out power to 2.5 million people as it dumped rain over a huge area on Thursday.

Catastrophic flooding was threatened around the state as one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the United States crossed the peninsula. Ian’s tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 415 miles (665 km), drenching much of Florida and the southeastern Atlantic coast.

READ MORE: https://www.wcnc.com/article/weather/severe-weather/hurricane-ian-impact-north-carolina-south-carolina/275-f1b5a633-844b-485b-a83e-eb15cdd755db

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