South Carolina preps as Hurricane Ian gathers power for Friday landfall


South Carolina Ports (SC Ports) will close all marine terminals today in preparation for Hurricane Ian making landfall.

Hurricane Ian, which ripped through the west coast of Florida earlier this week, is forecast to make landfall between Charleston and Myrtle Beach early afternoon local time.

All terminals will be closed by the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) to prepare for the storm.

The port’s major Wando Welch, North Charleston and Hugh Leatherman Terminals will operate from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm local time on 1 and 2 October.

Hurricane Ian will make landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane.

Hurricane-force winds are expected along the coasts of South Carolina and southeastern Carolina during early afternoon, with further hurricane conditions possible in North Carolina, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

Meanwhile, following devastating damage across the state of Florida, major container ports including Port Everglades and Port Miami resumed operations on 29 September.

At least a dozen deaths have been reported across the state of Florida, though death calculation tolls are still ongoing.

More than 2 million people in Florida are still without power.

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