Hurricane — now Tropical Storm — Ian is causing headaches across Columbus.
Power is out in many communities as 40-plus mile an hour winds have smashed trees onto electric lines. Much of downtown Whiteville is without power, and one line is down on the roof of the Family Dollar on Madison Street.
Multiple trees are reported blocking roads across the county. Firefighters and Department of Transportation crews are clearing the debris.
As runoff fills ditches and swamps, officials are urging drivers to stay home tonight due to overwashed roads, debris and downed trees.
Ian’s approach from South Carolina’s coast has led to dangerous conditions at Lake Waccamaw, where easterly winds similar to those in Hurricane Florence are battering boats, piers and seawalls. One home was damaged by a falling tree that broke into the structure.
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