Hurricane Ian is still hours away from officially crossing the North Carolina border, but the effects of the storm are already being felt locally.
Sanford resident Robert Dillon sent The Rant photos of a tree that fell on his home Thursday afternoon when wind gusts first began to arrive in the area. The tree damaged his family’s home, destroyed his travel trailer, damaged two boats and destroyed a 12-foot skeleton in his front yard Halloween display.
Hurricane Ian, which has left a trail of destruction in throughout Florida Thursday and is expected to making another landfall as a Category 1 hurricane near Charleston, South Carolina, around 2-3 p.m. this afternoon. The most recent updated path has Ian heading north and following a path through Rockingham, Albemarle and Winston-Salem.
According to WRAL, Sanford and other parts of the Triangle could see as much as six inches of rain over the next 24 hours and wind gusts over 50 miles per hour. The heaviest rain will fall this afternoon between 2 and 6 p.m., and Lee County is among those at greater risk for isolated tornadoes and flooding.