KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday afternoon near Cayo Costa, Florida as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 150 mph.
Ian made landfall in South Carolina on Friday afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane. WATCH LIVE: Hurricane Ian makes landfall near Myrtle Beach.
Moisture from the remnants of Ian will impact East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky beginning late Friday, but as the path of Ian has shifted East, East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky are now expected to see less of an impact than initially expected.
Clouds thicken up Friday, and by nightfall rain chances increase to 40% with spotty showers and a few downpours possible. Our best rain chance looks to occur overnight Friday.
Additionally, winds will increase Friday. A Wind Advisory has been issued for the Smokies. This will go into effect at 2 P.M. and extend until 8 A.M. Saturday morning. Winds may gust up to 50 mph over the Smokies.
Saturday is trending drier with only some spotty showers around. It is not a wash-out this weekend, but it will be cloudy, cool and damp. Highs both Saturday and Sunday are below average in the mid 60s.
Flooding is not expected for most of East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky this weekend as we have been mainly dry the past few weeks and rain totals are trending lower. Higher rainfall totals are expected near the Tri-Cities and over parts of Western North Carolina.
This story will be updated as needed.