Gucci store collapses, streets flood as Hurricane Ian batters Charleston, photos show

A Gucci storefront collapsed onto a sidewalk, trees were uprooted and streets were flooded with water in Charleston as Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 storm, photos and video of the city were shared.
Charleston, a city of about 150,000 people and a popular tourist destination known for its historic downtown and colonial architecture, became a disaster area on Friday, September 30, when Hurricane Ian made landfall.
"Heavy flooding, extreme winds and waves pounding over boats at a downtown Charleston harbor," tweeted Dan Whittaker, a storm chaser and photojournalist, around 2:30 p.m. on September 30, along with video of the hurricane sweeping through various parts of the city.
The city began torrential rains even before the hurricane made landfall in Georgetown, about 60 miles northeast of Charleston.
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The intersection of Market Street and Church Street, which meets in the middle of historic Charleston City Market, was underwater, according to video tweeted around noon that day by Forrest Tucker, a reporter for WCBD. The video shows wind whipping branches and water rushing through the streets.

As the storm intensified, Charleston Police Department officers were told to take shelter around 1 p.m. due to the extreme weather conditions.
"They will only respond to critical calls with limited capacity until further notice," the department wrote in a post on Facebook.
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Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputies have also been urged to seek shelter at the scene.

"If you go out and need help, you may not get help quickly," the office wrote in a post on Facebook. "Please stay inside."
The city, which is surrounded by water on three sides, is particularly prone to flooding, according to the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. A 2020 agency report predicted flooding would continue to worsen due to rising sea levels.
While the city experienced flooding about two days a year in 1950, the agency said that number would rise to 60 by 2051.
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Ian's destructive path
Hurricane Ian hit South Carolina just days after devastating communities across the state of Florida. The storm hit Fort Myers on September 28 as a Category 4 storm, causing catastrophic damage before sweeping across the rest of the state, flooding streets, downed trees, and destroyed homes.

According to ABC News, nearly 2 million people were without power and at least 33 people in Florida died as a result of the storm.

Although Ian weakened to a tropical storm after devastating Florida, it strengthened again to a hurricane after leaving Florida's Atlantic coast and traveling across the ocean towards South Carolina.
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In Charleston from about 3 p.m. on Sept. 30, police officers had finished their detention, according to a police department update.

At 5:30 p.m., the department issued an update warning residents to exercise caution when moving around the city.
"Many areas have hidden obstacles and debris that could injure people or damage vehicles," the department said in a statement. "Stagnant water is often not clean and hygienic."
The storm left more than 187,000 people without power in South Carolina, according to ABC News.
The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, said in a statement on Facebook that city residents were lucky the storm wasn't worse.
"The worst of the storm is over," the post reads. "A few branches have fallen and there is little to no flooding on campus."
Hours after landfall, the storm weakened to a tropical rain storm, according to Accuweather.
Forecasters said the storm would continue north through North Carolina and Virginia over the weekend.
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