Isaias slammed the Atlantic Coast overnight with storm surges and winds as fast as 85 miles per hour, spawning tornadoes and leaving a trail of fires and hundreds of thousands of people without power.
The storm, which made landfall on Monday night in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., as a Category 1 hurricane, weakened as it pushed through North Carolina and into Virginia on Tuesday morning. Still, forecasters warn that Isaias will bring powerful winds and heavy rains as it continues marching north toward New York and New Jersey and into New England.
At least one person was killed after a tornado touched down in Bertie County, N.C., and caused significant damage to a neighborhood there, the authorities said.
The National Hurricane Center warned early Tuesday of life-threatening storm surge flooding along North Carolina’s coast and nearby waterways, adding that widespread, sustained tropical-storm force winds and gusts would affect much of the Mid-Atlantic coast through the day.
Tornadoes had already landed in parts of northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia overnight, the center said. Tornado threats would continue north along the coast and into New England overnight. The storm was projected to pass close to Philadelphia around 2 p.m.
Heavy rainfall was already battering parts of the East Coast on Tuesday morning, and Isaias could cause flash flooding around much of the Mid-Atlantic region, the center said, with “potentially life-threatening urban flooding” possible in Washington, Baltimore and other cities along and just west of I-95.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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