Oct 01, 2022

By Angus Gillespie

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After briefly being downgraded, a revived Hurricane Ian pounded coastal South Carolina for much of Friday, tearing apart piers and flooding streets. The storm had already caused immense damage in Florida, including Fort Meyers. At last word, the official death toll was listed at 27.

While Ian’s epicentre came ashore near Georgetown, South Carolina, with weaker winds than when it crossed Florida’s Gulf Coast earlier in the week, the storm left many areas of Charleston’s downtown peninsula under water. It also washed away parts of four piers along the coast, including two at Myrtle Beach.

Ian left a broad swath of destruction in Florida, flooding areas on both of its coasts, tearing homes from their slabs, demolishing beachfront businesses and leaving more than 2 million people without power.

Hurricane Ian has likely caused well over $100 billion in damage, including about $65 billion in privately insured losses.

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