Updated Oct 1, 2022 - Energy & Environment

450K without power across Carolinas, Virginia after Ian

Storm damage outside in North Carolina after Ian

Remnants of Hurricane Ian bring damaging wind and heavy rain in Charlotte, NC, United States on Sept. 30. Photo: Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Roughly 450,000 customers were without power across the Carolinas and Virginia on Saturday morning after Hurricane Ian tore inland after hitting Florida earlier this week, according to PowerOutage.us.

Driving the news: Ian hit South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane and brought heavy winds and "life-threatening" storm surge along the North and South Carolina coasts on Friday.

The latest: As of 9am ET, more than 300,000 in North Carolina were without power, and in South Carolina over 57,000 outages were reported.

  • At least 91,000 outages were reported in Virginia.
  • About 1.25 million customers were still without power in Florida, down from an approximate 2.7 million on Thursday.

Catch up quick: Ian made landfall Friday afternoon near Georgetown, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.

  • The storm became a post-tropical cyclone Friday as winds dipped below 70 mph.
  • The latest update from the NHC, sent around 9 am ET Saturday, had the remnants of Ian located about 30 miles south of Greensboro, North Carolina with winds at 35 mph.

The big picture: Outages are particularly dangerous as people begin recovery efforts, often leading to indirect hurricane-related deaths days after the storm.

  • People can overexert themselves while cleaning up the aftermath in excessive heat without air conditioning or be injured by improperly running generators, NHC officials warned Thursday.

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