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.

Greg Lockhart checks to see if water has entered his sister's store, Market on the Square, during high tide in St. Marys, Ga., on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. (Arvin Temkar/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Greg Lockhart checks to see if water has entered his sister’s store, Market on the Square, during high tide in St. Marys, Ga., Thursday.

TYBEE ISLAND, GEORGIA - Tropical Storm Ian is set to become a hurricane again later on Thursday as it sweeps towards Georgia and South Carolina. (Livestream courtesy of Hotel Tybee)
Waves crash on the shore of in Tybee Island, Georgia, on Thursday.

Citizens gather along flooded St. Marys Street during high tide in St. Mary's, Ga., on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. Tropical Storm Ian is heading north from Florida. (Arvin Temkar/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Citizens gather along flooded St. Marys Street during high tide in St. Mary’s, Ga., on Sept. 29, 2022.

U.S. Air Force Airmen 1st Class Justin Carrizales and Natanaell Vicente-Castro, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs, speak to each other during C-17 Globemaster III relocation operations for Tropical Storm Ian at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, Sept. 29, 2022
The US Air Force prepares for Ian to hit South Carolina at Joint Base Charleston.

U.S. Air Force Airmen 1st Class Justin Carrizales and Natanaell Vicente-Castro, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs, speak to each other during C-17 Globemaster III relocation operations for Tropical Storm Ian at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, Sept. 29, 2022
Ian is expected to land in the state Friday morning.

City Manager Robert Horton checks on flooded homes and stores along St. Mary's Street in historic downtown St. Mary's, Ga., while wind and rain from Tropical Storm Ian begin to arrive on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
City Manager Robert Horton checks on flooded homes and stores along St. Mary’s Street in historic downtown St. Mary’s, Ga., as wind and rain from Storm Ian begin to arrive Sept. 29, 2022.

Billy Myers, from Savannah, Ga., kitesurfs in the rough surf caused by Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Tybee Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Billy Myers of Savannah, Ga., kitesurfs in Tybee Island on Thursday.

Angie Mock, an owner of Market on the Square general store, looks on as St. Marys Street in St. Marys, Ga., is flooded during high tide on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. Tropical Storm Ian is heading north from Florida and expected to regain hurricane status overnight. (Arvin Temkar/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Market on the Square owner Angie Mock looks on as St. Marys Street is flooded during high tide.

“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.





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