/Isaias brings tornado, flash flooding threat to millions after North Carolina landfall sparks fires, knocks out power
Isaias brings tornado, flash flooding threat to millions after North Carolina landfall sparks fires, knocks out power

Isaias brings tornado, flash flooding threat to millions after North Carolina landfall sparks fires, knocks out power

Over 112 million Americans from North Carolina to Maine are under tropical storm warnings on Tuesday
By Travis Fedschun,
Over 112 million Americans from North Carolina to Maine are under tropical storm warnings on Tuesday as Isaias churns north up the East Coast, bringing the threat of flash flooding and tornadoes.
Isaias made landfall late Monday night as a Category 1 hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., packing winds of 85 mph with higher gusts before being downgraded hours later to a strong tropical storm.
As the eye came ashore, multiple fires were reported in the coastal Carolina community as up to three feet of floodwaters were observed. Several rescues have also taken place as the system heads northward, with at least one deadly tornado confirmed.
“The winds and the rain and we’re going to see obviously power outages, tree limbs down, maybe trees down as well,” Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean said on “Fox & Friends.” “In some cases, the strongest tropical storm the Northeast has seen since Sandy, so that’s saying a lot.”
As of 11 a.m. EDT, U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said the storm now has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph — just 4 mph shy of officially being a hurricane — and is located about 70 miles southwest of Philadelphia. Isaias is moving north-northeast at 33 mph.
Even though the system has now weakened to a tropical storm, it will continue to bring heavy rain, strong winds, storm surge, and tornadoes across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast through Tuesday night.
Tornado watches have been posted from Virginia to the New York City area as of early Tuesday, where brief twisters are possible.
The storm has generated multiple reports of tornados, with one twister in North Carolina causing at least one death and damage to a mobile home park.
Officials in Bertie County said on Facebook “with heavy hearts” that a tornado touched down in the Morning Road area of Windsor. Bertie County Sheriff John Holley told The Virginian-Pilot that at least one person was killed and several are missing after the twister struck a mobile home park.
“We are beyond grateful for all of the support from our surrounding counties, and ask that you keep us and all responding agencies in your thoughts and prayers,” county officials said on Facebook.
Flash flooding will be a big risk for areas along its path from Virginia up to Maine. Forecasters are calling for a wide swath of 3 to 6 inches of rain, with isolated amounts of up to 8 inches for some locations.
A weakening Isaias will then continue up the East Coast, giving the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and New England rain and gusty winds Tuesday evening into Tuesday night.
“It’s moving quickly, that’s the good news, but the impact is going to be quite impressive for some of these regions,” Dean said.
Wind gusts over 50 mph across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast could cause power outages and tree damage.
According to power-outage tracking website poweroutage.us, more than 680,000 customers have lost electricity, most of them in North Carolina and Virginia.
In Suffolk, Virginia, near the coast, multiple homes were damaged by falling trees, and city officials received reports of a possible tornado. A fire station downtown sustained damage including broken window. A photo posted by city officials showed a pile of bricks lying next to a damaged business.
Tropical Storm Warnings and Watches remain in effect from North Carolina to Maine

North Carolina faces fires, rescues as Isaias comes ashore

As the eye of the hurricane came ashore late Tuesday night, rescue crews in North Carolina were busy responding to everything from floods to fires.
The storm set off flooding and sparked five home fires in Ocean Isle Beach, Debbie Smith, the town’s Mayor, told WECT-TV.
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