Widespread rainfall amounts of 2-4 inches are expected through much of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and southern Virginia, including in the Appalachian Mountains. Cities such as Roanoke, Virginia, to Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina, and Augusta, Georgia, could all receive several inches of rain.
AccuWeather Hurricane Center – September 26, 2022 – AccuWeather meteorologists warn that the tropical system they have been tracking for nearly a week will not only threaten to cause damage in Florida, but it could also bring widespread impacts to the East Coast.
On Monday and Tuesday, Ian is expected to intensify rapidly over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and the eastern Gulf of Mexico, strengthening to a major hurricane. Portions of Florida could be dealing with days of heavy rain, damaging winds and coastal inundation from Ian.
Florida looks like it could bear the some of the most extreme impacts, especially where Ian makes landfall midweek. However, for the second half of the week and into next weekend, Ian's tropical impacts could reach other states across the Southeast and into the mid-Atlantic.
Conditions are likely to start to deteriorate across southern Georgia as early as Wednesday night, as Ian's outer bands slowly push northward from Florida into the state. By Thursday morning, tropical-storm-force winds are likely across the southern half of the state.
People should remember to check the AccuWeather Hurricane Tracker in their AccuWeather app or AccuWeather.com to follow start and end times for storms, understand vital forecasted impact details for their location such as peak winds, total rainfall, rainfall amount probability graphs, hourly wind and rainfall charts and impact maps of storms as they develop. If the immediate location in view will not be threatened by a hurricane, a list of impacted cities will be made available to raise awareness of what locations are at risk.