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After battering the southwestern coast of Florida as a strong Category 4 Hurricane, Ian was downgraded to a Tropical Storm as it crossed the Florida peninsula. It has now entered the Atlantic off the northeast coast of Florida and drawn enough energy from the warm waters to regain Hurricane status as a Category 1 storm.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is forecasting that the storm system will approach landfall in southern South Carolina Friday morning with impacts from wind and storm surge experienced along the entire southeast coastal region, including northeast Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
Hurricane force winds are expected along the coasts of South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina by Friday afternoon, according to the NHC. Considerable flooding is expected today in coastal and northeast South Carolina. Similar flooding is cited as possible for portions of North Carolina and southern Virginia as the storm pushes inland, according to the NHC, which notes that portions of central Florida will see ongoing major record river through next week.
Given this forecast, we wanted to share information to help you prepare for the storm.
Anyone located in or near the projected path should pay close attention to the storm’s progress and track. If you are within the track, start putting your hurricane preparedness plan into action.
For those clients who do not have formal plans in place, we have linked to a downloadable preparedness guide to use as reference to help guide what actions should be taken. For the business guide, click here. For individuals and families, click here.
In addition, should you experience any damage from the storm, we have linked to a downloadable Claims Kit to help you with the recovery and reporting of claims. Click here to download it.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, please reach out to a member of your account team or our Loss Control Team.
If you have already experienced a loss and need help with claims, please reach out to our claims team directly.