Just hours after it was downgraded to a tropical storm, Hurricane Ian has strengthened back to a Category 1 storm Thursday afternoon.
“Ian Becomes a Hurricane Again,” the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.
“Taking Aim At the Carolinas and Georgia With Life-Threatening Flooding, Storm Surge and Strong Winds.”
The re-classification comes as no surprise — forecasters had predicted that Ian would hit South Carolina as a Category 1 after traveling over and gaining power from the Atlantic Ocean.
On Wednesday, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency. The executive order would direct the South Carolina Emergency Management Division to coordinate with all relevant state agencies and to be prepared to respond to any requests for state assistance from county emergency managers, his office said.
“This is a dangerous storm that will bring high winds and a lot of water, but the most dangerous thing about it will be human error,” McMaster in response to Ian upgrading to a Category 1.