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Ian expected to strengthen into hurricane before making landfall in South Carolina

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — After leaving a path of destruction across most of central Florida, Ian now has its eyes set on South Carolina.

Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm for much of Thursday but is expected to strengthen back into a hurricane Thursday evening.

Ian on Thursday slowed down and was expected to spend a little more time over open water than previously expected, which will aid in its organization and intensity. Hurricane warnings were in place Thursday afternoon for much of South Carolina and as far south as Savannah, Georgia.

The latest track from the National Hurricane Center has it strengthening to a Category 1 hurricane and making another U.S. landfall around Charleston, South Carolina, by Friday morning.

Main impacts from this additional landfall will be hurricane-force winds along the South Carolina coast, and life-threatening storm surge in northeast Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Flooding will be likely in northern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Storm surge in some areas may be anywhere from 2-7 feet.

Rainfall amounts may be from near 5 to 7 inches across parts of South Carolina with some isolated areas seeing a foot possible.