Becomes a hurricane on landfall: Tropical storm Isaiah looms over North and South Carolina
Tropical Storm Isaiah remains a major storm and is expected to reach hurricane strength by the time it reaches Carolina in the next 24 hours. The storm is expected to hit North Carolina from Monday evening through Tuesday morning, causing rains, high winds and possible flooding. Writes about it ABC11.
As of 05:00 on August 3, Isaiah was approximately 115 miles (185 km) southeast of Jacksonville, Florida. The maximum wind was 70 miles per hour (112 km per hour). On the current trajectory of the storm, he will land between Charleston (South Carolina) and Wilmington (North Carolina).
The storm will then travel through North Carolina and head north towards Maine.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect along and east of Interstate 95. Alerts are issued when winds between 36 and 39 mph (73-62 km per hour) are expected in the region for the next 117 hours. Wake County has a Tropical Storm Warning. A hurricane warning has been issued for New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said the storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (112 km per hour) - just 4 miles less from hurricane level - and is located about 250 miles (402 km) south-southwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Isaiah is moving north at 13 miles per hour (20 km per hour), writes Fox News.
What to expect
Heavy rains and flash floods are expected from Monday evening, August 3rd until Tuesday morning, August 4th. The heaviest rain is expected on Tuesday, August 4th, from 02:00 to 09:00.
Rain can reach 2 to 5 inches (5-12,7 cm) of precipitation. Wind speeds can reach 35 to 70 miles per hour (56-112 km per hour). This means that there is the possibility of a tornado. The storm could potentially affect the lives of over 100 million people.
Power outages possible. How widespread they are remains to be determined. However, all of North Carolina is at moderate risk of power outages.
Isaiah was dropped from hurricane to tropical storm on Saturday, August 1 afternoon. However, it can intensify again to the strength of a hurricane before reaching land.
Since its inception, Isaiah has been teetering between a tropical storm and a Category I hurricane. For Isaiah to achieve Category 74 hurricane status, he must have a maximum sustained wind of 119 mph (XNUMX km per hour) or higher. Either way, Isaiah will still cause floods and destructive winds.
Isaiah caused heavy rain to hit the east coast of Florida on Sunday, August 2. On Sunday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said a dangerous storm surge was possible from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to Cape Fear, North Carolina.
“The biggest waves will be along the coast. The tide will be accompanied by large waves, ”the NHC said.
Florida authorities have closed beaches, parks and coronavirus testing sites.
The storm did not affect the successful return of the two astronauts aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, which landed in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola.
Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken returned the capsule back to Earth less than a day after leaving the International Space Station and two months after leaving Florida.
In the Caribbean, the storm caused devastation and widespread flooding. One person died in the Dominican Republic.
Trump declared a state of emergency
The National Hurricane Watch Center said the Isaiah Center will remain at sea when it moves along Florida and Georgia on Monday, Aug. 3. "Voice of America".
Storm warnings on Monday night were in effect along the entire coast - from Florida to Delaware.
US President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in North Carolina before the storm arrived to free up federal funds to help cities and coordinate disaster relief efforts.
More than 56 million Americans are on tropical storm warnings, and another 55 million are on surveillance.
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