Biden declares South Carolina an emergency as the storm intensifie

National Hurricane Center warned of severe flooding and storm surge in the Carolinas.

The President Biden declared an immediate emergency in South Carolina just hours before Hurricane Ian was expected to hit Charleston at midday on Friday.  

Florida officials were still trying to assess the extent of the damage Ian caused, as many areas are still suffering from the destructive storm surges. 

Florida's western coast was covered in rubble, with nearly 2,000,000 customers still without power as of mid-morning. 

Officials said that at least one person had died in a storm-related accident, while nearly 200 people were still without power as of Friday morning.  

Kevin Guthrie, Florida's Division of Emergency Management director, said that the death rate could be higher than it was on Friday 

Guthrie spoke at a news conference and stated that there had been 21 deaths in Ian's wake.  

He stated it wasn't yet confirmed that the storm was responsible for many of these deaths,