Article image Isaias heads to a landfall in Carolinas - possibly as hurricane

Joanna Estrada
August 4, 2020

Storm surge warnings were issued for parts of North Carolina's Outer Banks, a strip of barrier islands in the Atlantic Ocean with a tourism economy as fragile as its shoreline after the coronavirus outbreak forced a two-month shutdown earlier this year. "On Monday and Tuesday, the center of Isaias will move from offshore of the coast of Georgia into the southern mid-Atlantic states".

Beachgoers pack Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 as Tropical Storm Isaias moves along the Southeast Coast. The center of Isaias will then approach the coasts of northeastern SC and southern North Carolina within the hurricane warning area this evening.

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to reach New York City on Monday evening but have a "limited" impact on the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

Tropical Storm Isaias is projected to make landfall in the Carolinas Monday as a Category 1 hurricane.

The Storm Prediction Center issued a Tornado Watch for areas north and west of the city through 10 p.m.

However, the storm is having difficulty fighting off vertical wind shear - the changing of wind speed and wind direction with height - which is suppressing its growth.

Isaias brought heavy rain and flooding to Florida over the weekend.

A woman who had been missing since Thursday drowned near Rincón, in the northwest portion of the island.

Isaias downgraded to tropical storm as it nears Florida coast; Meteorologist Adam Klotz reports.

In a warning to the Carolinas, the National Hurricane Center said: "Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion".

Monday's forecast is very similar to Sunday, with a high near 90 and a late-day storm possible.

By the time the storm moves further north Tuesday and Wednesday, southeast NY and parts of New England could see up to six inches of rain but should avoid the worst of the conditions.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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