Hurricane Ian barrels toward South Carolina after slamming Florida

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First responders rescue residents who were in need of assistance in North Port on Thursday September 29. (Thomas Bender/Herald-Tribune/USA Today Network)

Officials in North Port, Florida, issued a citywide curfew for residents Thursday night amid flooding from Hurricane Ian. 

Residents are asked to shelter in place from 8 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday ET, the city said in an update.

“There is a strong potential for the water levels throughout the City to continue rising over the days ahead as the rainwater Hurricane Ian dumped to the north of us flows south,” the city said.

North Port is in Sarasota County, which was battered by Hurricane Ian as it made landfall Wednesday.

Fire rescue crews were working through a “backlog of priority calls” Thursday night, the update said, but residents were still encouraged to call 911 with emergencies.

City water service has been restored, but for the next three days residents should still continue to boil water before consuming it, the city said.