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Photos: Here's what Ian looks like in South Carolina

A local resident walks in a flooded street as Hurricane Ian bears down on Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 30. Ian hit southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm before crossing over into the Atlantic and is now hitting South Carolina as a Category 1 storm near Charleston.
Updated September 30, 2022 at 5:32 PM ET

Ian has landed in South Carolina — the first landfall of a hurricane the state has seen in nearly six years. Ian, which was later downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, brought heavy rain, high winds and flooding along the state's coast, causing damage in some areas.

Ahead of Ian's landfall in South Carolina Friday afternoon, Gov. Henry McMaster referred to the storm as "very dangerous," but told reporters "this is not as bad as it could have been."

Images show us the destruction caused by Ian, which devastated southwest and central Florida as a Category 4 hurricane before slowing to a tropical storm. It regained hurricane status over the Atlantic Thursday afternoon, becoming a Category 1 storm.

Here's a look at Ian's impact on South Carolina:

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