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Ian lashes South Carolina

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (AP) – A revived Hurricane Ian pounded coastal South Carolina, ripping apart piers and flooding streets after the ferocious storm caused catastrophic damage in Florida, trapping thousands in their homes and leaving at least 27 people dead.

The powerful storm, estimated to be one of the costliest hurricanes ever to hit the United States (US), has terrorised people for much of the week – pummelling western Cuba and raking across Florida before gathering strength in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean to curve back and strike South Carolina.

While Ian’s centre came ashore near Georgetown, South Carolina, on Friday with much weaker winds than when it crossed Florida’s Gulf Coast earlier in the week, the storm left many areas of Charleston’s downtown peninsula under water.

It also washed away parts of four piers along the coast, including two at Myrtle Beach.

The destruction left behind by Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. PHOTO: AP

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