What to Know
- Hurricane Ian struck South Carolina after leaving a path of damage across Florida.
- The storm will continue to weaken as it heads north over land toward the Philadelphia region.
- Expect plenty of rain from the remnants of Ian on Saturday, especially.
Ian, which re-strengthened to a Category 1 storm as took aim for South Carolina, after being downgraded to a tropical storm from a powerful Category 4 hurricane, made landfall again Friday afternoon.
Though the storm is expected to weaken as it makes its second trip over the continental United States, it is still expected to impact the Philadelphia region as its remnants move north during the weekend.
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The First Alert Weather Team is tracking the storm and answering questions about what impacts it could have on our region and beyond, including if its rains could impact the Phillies playing in Washington, D.C. Friday through Sunday and the Eagles playing in South Philadelphia Sunday.
What part of Ian will come to the Philadelphia region?
Ian will shoot moisture from the tropics north into our area, which will lead to rain and some wind. The cloud cover will also bring cooler temps around 10 degrees below normal.
When will the rain begin?
Expect rain late morning across southern Delaware. It will spread north -- eventually falling on our entire area Friday evening. We will wake up to rain on Saturday.
How much rain will we get?
These are the estimated rainfall totals in the greater Philadelphia region:
- South Jersey and Delaware: 2 to 4 inches
- Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs: 1 to 2 inches
- Lehigh Valley and northern neighborhoods: Less than an inch
Drought has been a concern in the region, so all this rain could help alleviate some of that.
Will wind be a problem?
Expect wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph this weekend. The gusty conditions could last into Wednesday.
Expect higher wind gusts along the coast.
Which areas will see the greatest impact?
Localized flooding is possible in poor drainage and low-lying areas.
Winds should be more noticeable along the coast and in South Jersey and Delaware.
What might happen in Washington, D.C., where the Phillies are set to play 4 games against the Nationals?
The Nation's Capital should be getting heavy rain on Saturday and showers should be expected on Sunday. Stay tuned on what impacts that will have on the Phillies' schedule. The Saturday evening game has already been moved to 1:05 p.m. Friday as part of a day/night doubleheader.
Will it still be raining in Philadelphia when the Eagles play at 1 p.m. Sunday?
Expect to see some showers and light rain Sunday afternoon. The most noticeable/consistent rain is expected on Saturday.
When will the skies clear?
Sun along with drier weather finally return Wednesday, after showers linger on Monday and Tuesday.
Could rough surf remain a concern?
Yes, keep an eye on any warnings or watches that are issued. A high rip current risk was already in effect along the coast Friday.
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