Remnants of Hurricane Isaias to gust through Quebec Wednesday and Thursday

Joanna Estrada
August 4, 2020

ISLAND, N.C. Isaias regained hurricane strength on Monday night just hours before it was due to make landfall in the Carolinas and churn its way up the U.S. East Coast toward Washington, Philadelphia and NY, the National Hurricane Center said.

The head of the city's Emergency Management Department Deanne Criswell said the city was bracing for most of the rain to hit the city between 1 6 a.m. early Tuesday with high wind starting at around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

After passing the Florida coast overnight, the storm is expected to keep offshore while grazing Georgia and southern SC before heading inland over eastern SC or southern North Carolina on Monday night. No businesses were boarding up their windows, although some moved outside furniture inside.

Officials in frequently flooded Charleston, South Carolina, handed out sandbags and opened parking garages so residents on the low-lying peninsula could stow their cars above ground.

"Only gradual weakening is anticipated after Isaias makes landfall in the Carolinas and moves across the US mid-Atlantic" region" on Monday night and Tuesday, the NHC said. He's never experienced a hurricane, but said he never considered canceling his family's weeklong vacation either.

A storm surge warning was posted for a 180-mile stretch of the coastline from Folly Beach, South Carolina, north to Cape Fear, North Carolina.

Isaias was still a tropical storm at 5 p.m. EDT with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, but it was expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane later Monday, with winds of 74 miles per hour or more.

Isaias will quickly move off to the northeast Tuesday afternoon to evening.

Forecasters now believe the storm will continue to track northwards, with potential to spawn tornadoes in the Carolinas on Monday. Make sure you have a way to receive weather warnings! "Most areas will get 1" or less from this system. Evacuation orders also have been issued for Hatteras Island north of Ocracoke. "And yet it is struggling".

Isaias' passage near Florida over the weekend was particularly unwelcome to authorities already dealing with surging coronavirus caseloads. The center will then move inland across eastern North Carolina early Tuesday morning, move along the coast of the mid-Atlantic states on Tuesday, and continue across the northeastern United States Tuesday night. Officials lashed signs to palm trees so they wouldn't blow away.

This story has been edited to correct the spelling of Isaias in the third paragraph from the bottom.

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