Hersheypark to close for day due to Tropical Storm Isaias concerns

Tropical outlook Saturday morning

Hersheypark to close for day due to Tropical Storm Isaias concerns

The U.S. National Hurricane Center's latest prediction had the storm scraping past Florida but not making landfall. There was no visible eye in the storm at the time of the imagery.

The storm has even had an impact beyond Earth, with NASA closely monitoring it before finally giving the green light to the SpaceX Crew Dragon craft to return two astronauts from the International Space Station.

Meteorologists are increasingly confident that this inundation could be life-threatening. Winds will range from 10 to 20 miles per hour.

Power outages from downed trees and wires are also possible Tuesday through Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Isaias battered Florida's east coast with heavy rains Sunday and is now on track to be at near hurricane strength when it reaches the Carolinas. A tropical storm watch means those conditions are possible in the specified area in 48 hours, officials say.

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Some fluctuations in strength are possible during the next 36 hours, but Isaias is expected to be a strong tropical storm when it reaches the coast of eastern SC or southern North Carolina Monday night. Tropical Storm Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and was expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of 74 miles per hour or more.

"The hurricane is not that serious, but I feel that the public is really panicking because it's a hurricane and we're in the middle of a pandemic", she said.

"A turn toward the north and north-northeast along with an increase in forward speed is anticipated on Monday and Tuesday", said the NHC, which issued a hurricane watch for parts of South and North Carolina. South Florida, however, emerged from the storm with less damage than expected.

The State Department of Transportation's ferry division will suspend emergency evacuation operations from Ocracoke Island after Monday's 10:30 a.m. departure from Ocracoke to Hatteras.

Gov. Phil Murphy, during his coronavirus briefing on Monday, cautioned New Jersey could see flooding from heavy rain and high winds as Isaias passes through the region.

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"We in North Carolina mostly know what to do", said the state's governor, Roy Cooper.

The storm will then track up the East Coast, with heavy rainfall expected to cause flash flooding through the mid-Atlantic states and bringing storm-force winds to Washington, Philadelphia and NY on Tuesday. Its most damaging winds remained offshore.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service Boston said the Saturday update from the hurricane center "keeps southern New England within the potential track area, while timing has been slowed down a bit".

Up to 150 national guard soldiers have been activated to help prepare for the storm and assist in the aftermath if necessary, Cooper said. People who have symptoms will be directed to a sheltering option where they can more easily isolate or receive medical attention, Cooper said. "Radio checks have been performed at SCEMD (South Carolina Emergency Management Division) and more conference calls among ARES leadership are planned", said ARRL South Carolina Section Emergency Coordinator Billy Irwin, K9OH.

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