(NEW YORK) -- Ian has regained Category 1 strength with winds at 85 mph as it heads toward South Carolina.
The system had weakened to a tropical storm as it moved over central Florida on Thursday.
The storm made its first landfall on Florida's west coast on Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency.
Here's how the news is developing. All times Eastern:
Oct 01, 3:06 PM EDT
North Carolina reports 4 deaths due to Ian
Four people have died in North Carolina since Friday in storm-related incidents, state officials said Saturday.
Two people died due to car accidents caused by storm conditions, one man drowned in his car and a fourth man died due to carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator.
Among those killed was a 25-year-old man who lost control of his vehicle and hydroplaned into another vehicle, a 24-year-old woman whose vehicle went off a wet road and struck a tree and a 22-year-old man who drowned when his truck left the roadway and submerged in a flooded swamp.
A 65-year-old man died Saturday from carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator running in his closed garage while the power was out. His wife was hospitalized.
“The storm has passed, but many hazards remain with downed trees, downed power lines and power outages,” said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper in a press release. “We mourn with the families of those who have died and urge everyone to be cautious while cleaning up to avoid more deaths or injuries.”
Oct 01, 1:49 PM EDT
1.2 million without power in Florida
Over 1.2 million customers remain without power in Florida on Saturday, days after Hurricane Ian tore through the state.
Another 201,000 customers are without power in North Carolina and more than 58,000 are in the dark in Virginia as Ian moves north.
Oct 01, 1:44 PM EDT
Rain pushes north
A flood watch remains in effect in parts of Virginia and West Virginia on Saturday as Ian’s remnants push north.
The storm is significantly weakened, but winds may still top 35 mph as rain covers the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this weekend.
-ABC News’ Daniel Amarante
Oct 01, 1:06 PM EDT
No fatalities reported in South Carolina
Ian, the first hurricane to make landfall in South Carolina since Matthew in 2016, has not caused any deaths in South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster said Saturday.
“Another good story for South Carolina, and we’re open for business,” he said at a news conference.
Ian barreled through South Carolina on Friday. The hardest-hit areas were along the coast from Charleston to Horry County, said Kim Stenson, director of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Charleston saw 6 to 8 inches of rain.
Oct 01, 11:26 AM EDT
Florida death toll climbs
Florida’s death toll from Hurricane Ian has climbed to at least 52, according to information from local officials.
Lee County, which encompasses Fort Myers, accounts for the majority of the fatalities, with at least 35 lives lost in the county, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Other fatalities were reported in Charlotte, Sarasota, Volusia, Lake, Collier and Manatee counties.
Despite the "complete devastation" in Lee County, Sheriff Carmine Marceno said Saturday that "there's light at the end of the tunnel. ... We are going to be stronger than ever."
"We are one big family together. That's what makes us great. And sometimes these horrific events bring us all together for us to move forward," Marceno said.
-ABC News’ Matt Foster
Oct 01, 7:26 AM EDT
Remnants of Ian head to mid-Atlantic, Northeast
The remnants of Hurricane Ian, once a Category 4 hurricane that made multiple U.S. landfalls, are pushing up the mid-Atlantic and bringing widespread rain from Virginia to Connecticut.
Ian is now considered a post-tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
Flood watches are in effect in Virginia and West Virginia, where up to 6 inches of rain is expected through Saturday afternoon. A wind advisory is also in effect; gusts could reach 50 mph at higher elevations.
The rain will then continue to move north. Some of the Northeast coast, especially Delaware and Long Island, could see up to 6 inches of rain over the next 48 hours.
-ABC News’ Kenton Gewecke
Oct 01, 5:18 AM EDT
Biden approves North Carolina emergency declaration
President Biden has declared that an emergency exists in North Carolina and ordered federal assistance to help with the state's response in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
"The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population," the White House said in a statement released early Saturday.
FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide equipment and resources to help the recovery efforts on the ground.
"Deanne Criswell, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named John F. Boyle as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas," said the White House."
Ian’s winds have come down to 50 mph as the storm continues to move north as a post-tropical cyclone.
Ian will continue to weaken as it moves north, and will bring heavy rainfall in short periods of time through the morning hours, prompting flood watches to be issued from North Carolina to West Virginia.
Sep 30, 9:28 PM EDT
‘It’s a different Sanibel,’ mayor says
Sanibel, Florida Mayor Holly Smith said that her city will not be the same following Hurricane Ian's catastrophic impact.
Smith said she was on the island for four hours Friday and witnessed the devastation firsthand.
"Unless you're on the ground, you really can't take in the gravity of what we experienced. It's a different Sanibel," Smith told ABC News Live Prime.
Smith said that she was checking in on 300 residents and that it was very important to make contact.
"As far as we know at this point, the number of fatalities recorded are four,'' Smith said.
"This is going to be a very long recovery process," Smith added of the efforts to get everybody off the island and to safety. "It's not habitable."
Sep 30, 7:42 PM EDT
Desolation, and relief, in Key West
Key West did not escape hardship, but in Ian's wake, many Key West residents have expressed relief that the coastal city hadn't endured far worse.
The path of the then-Category 4 hurricane veered west of Key West, sparing it the strongest of the storm's impact. Flooding was reported in nearly 100 apartments. Though the city suffered no casualties or uptick in emergency room visits, Alyson Crean, a public officer with the Key West Fire Department, told ABC News. The city largely returned to normal on Friday, as businesses and schools reopened.
The mix of desolation and relief in Key West embodies the range of fates across Florida, where some communities escaped largely unscathed while others saw tragedy.
"We were relieved when we saw that the storm was turning a different way," Jennifer McComb, the chief executive at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, told ABC News. "For a while, it looked like it could've been a direct hit."
-ABC News' Max Zahn
Sep 30, 7:26 PM EDT
A search for a survivor told on social media
As Hurricane Ian was bearing down on southwestern Florida Wednesday, Beth Booker received photos and videos showing Ian's storm surge starting to fill her mother's Fort Myers home.
Then, shortly after the storm made landfall in Florida, the updates stopped.