Tropical storm expected to bring gusty winds, potential power outages to Maine

Elias Hubbard
August 5, 2020

ME is expected to miss the heaviest rain, but will receive some stronger wind gusts.

NHC said: "Only gradual weakening is anticipated after Isaias makes landfall in the Carolinas and moves across the US mid-Atlantic region".

It was downgraded to a tropical storm while flooding homes and streets in North Carolina, killing one person and injuring several others in a mobile home park, officials told local media.

There can be thunder, lightning, heavy rain, and perhaps even a tornado.

The center warned that tornadoes are also possible over the coastal Carolinas through Tuesday evening and through eastern Virginia and New England on Tuesday as well.

Late on Monday, Isaias strengthened to become a Category 1 hurricane as it moved toward the East Coast.

Tropical storm force winds and gusts will also reach up to the Chesapeake Bay region.

The storm is expected to end by Wednesday morning, with Wednesday weather partly to mostly sunny, with quick clearing and high temperatures in the 80s.

"Heavy rainfall from Isaias will result in flash and urban flooding, some of which may be significant in the eastern Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic, through Tuesday night near the path of Isaias up the East Coast of the United States".

High winds were already being reported in NY and New Jersey as of midday as the storm rolled toward New England.

Isaias killed two people in the Caribbean and roughed up the Bahamas but remained at sea as it brushed past Florida over the weekend, providing some welcome relief to emergency managers who had to accommodate mask-wearing evacuees in storm shelters.

Mr Cooper said: "North Carolinians have had to dig deep in recent months to tap into our strength and resilience during the pandemic".

Isaias is bearing down upon popular tourist destinations of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina. Only Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 pushed more salt water inland.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned residents on Monday that the storm could be risky regardless of its strength.

High-water vehicles, swift-water teams and helicopters were standing by in North Carolina.

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