Hurricane Ian hit South Carolina’s northeast coast Friday, bringing dangerous conditions to the Grand Strand and causing various areas to flood and thousands of people to lose power.
The storm weakened rapidly after landfall, becoming a “post-tropical cyclone” Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
Hurricane Ian had long been expected to make landfall directly on top of Charleston, but it split the difference between the Lowcountry and the Grand Strand, slamming into the city of Georgetown, about 40 miles south of downtown Myrtle Beach, Friday afternoon.
Ian’s impact in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Conway
The National Weather released a summary of precipitation totals and peak wind speeds over a 24-hour period.
Precipitation totals (inches)
Myrtle Beach: 2.68 inches
North Myrtle Beach: 3.41 inches
Conway: 2.67 inches
Georgetown: 3.19 inches
Peak wind speeds (miles per hour)
Springmade Pier - 61 mph
Murrells Inlet - 68 mph
Georgetown - 60 mph
Myrtle Beach - 53 mph
Here are our maximum wind gusts and precipitation totals due to Ian's landfall yesterday! Today should be much more benign as winds subside with a mix of clouds and sun #ncwx #scwx pic.twitter.com/KMOthMPsW4
— NWS Wilmington NC (@NWSWilmingtonNC) October 1, 2022
Major damages reported in Horry, Georgetown counties
Four piers in the Grand Strand have partially collapsed as a result of storm surges and wind from the hurricane.
Just before the storm made landfall, it took out two of the region’s popular piers: Cherry Grove Pier and the Pawleys Island Pier.
The end of Pawleys Island’s pier collapsed and floated into the Atlanic Ocean as Hurricane Ian neared South Carolina about 1 p.m.
A third Myrtle Beach-area pier, the Apache Pier, has also partially collapsed, WPDE chief meteorologist Ed Piotrowski reported on Twitter.
Hurricane Ian also ripped off part of Myrtle Beach’s 2nd Avenue pier. A photo posted by WMBF News on Twitter showed a raft of wood more than 15 feet long floating off into the ocean after detaching from the pier.
Storm causes outages across counties
Horry Electric Cooperative reported that about 6,000 members are without power as of Saturday morning.
“We expect to make significant progress today & hope to have the majority of members restored, with potentially the final members being restored tomorrow,” according to the company’s Twitter post.
Santee Cooper has 5,599 customers without power in Horry County out of its 168,050, according to the utility’s outage map.
A total 956 customers are without power out of the 23,216 customers served in Georgetown County.
Crews are expected to restore power by Sunday afternoon, according to the utility.
Around 11 a.m. Friday Horry Electric had reported 31 outages affecting 2,624 of its 88,840 customers -- most of them in the Aynor area.
Santee Cooper had reported about 46 outages, mostly in coastal areas of the county around Myrtle Beach, impacting 4,019 customers.