According to the Charlotte Observer, Hurricane Ian made landfall at 2:05 p.m., near Georgetown, South Carolina with winds that were blowing at over eighty-five miles per hour. Even though the storm was downgraded to a post-tropical storm, the city of Charlotte, NC still worked to prepare itself for the coming weather system. On Friday, a flood advisory spread throughout Charlotte, NC that was in effect until 9 pm before being put on flood watch until Saturday morning. More than two hundred sixty-six thousand Duke Energy customers are without power as of this writing due to the damage caused by Hurricane Ian. Just south of the city of Charlotte, over one thousand customers in York, Chester, and Lancaster counties lost power because of trees hitting various power lines.
The Charlotte Hornets were practicing on Friday, but they worked to make sure the players could quickly go home after spending time in their practice facility to prepare for their preseason game in Boston against the Celtics.
“Yeah, it looks nasty, and the guys are trying to kind of get out of the building quickly so everybody can get home and be safe. Obviously, we’ve been inside here, so I haven’t been outside since early this morning. But I just looked out and obviously it doesn’t look good. -Coach of the Charlotte Hornets Steve Clifford
American, Delta, Southwest and United airlines, and other carriers are letting passengers rebook without change fees if the flights they were planning to get on were canceled due to Hurricane Ian as the Charlotte Douglas International Airport canceled various different flights.