Isaias near hurricane strength as it crawls toward Carolinas

Beachgoers pack Wrightsville Beach N.C. Sunday Aug. 2 2020 as Tropical Storm Isaias moves along the Southeast Coast

Isaias near hurricane strength as it crawls toward Carolinas

At least one person died in Puerto Rico and the storm also lashed Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

"Storm surge and inland flooding are possible and everyone needs to remain vigilant until it passes", Trump said.

Winds will gradually increase this morning and become strongest between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour. with gusts of 50 to 70 miles per hour. are possible, especially over coastal areas of New Jersey and Long Island.

It appears that Charleston, Hilton Head, and Beaufort got lucky and were spared from most of the storm.

Gov. Cooper said that temperature checks are to be conducted in the shelters, with those showing symptoms of COVID-19 or being tested positive to be transferred to another shelter specifically for patients, so that they can properly be isolated. "So, I think that they were somewhat surprised at the amount of storm surge". The National Hurricane Center said the wind shear that has taken a toll on Isaias the past few days is forecast to let up a bit, which could allow slight strengthening.

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This weekend we expect our normal, afternoon summertime storms with temperatures climbing into the middle 90s Tropical Storm Isaias is racing along the northeastern United States with strong winds, heavy rain, and tornadoes! Then there will be a slow and gradual weakening of the storm as it begins its trek up the mid-Atlantic coast. It is expected to reach New England tonight.

"This is the time when we receive the most emergency calls", said Woody Sullivan, Pender EMS & Fire Chief. Rainfall will continue to be a big issue, he added.

The possibility of downed trees and power lines is possible and could mean several areas lose electricity. The safety significance of the event is minimal. By tonight, the weather service says, the center of Isaias will be moving into southern Canada.

Around 5:45 a.m., it tweeted that a "radar-confirmed tornado near Kilmarnock is moving NW at 55mph".

The storm previously wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, where on Thursday, it destroyed homes and caused flooding.

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- With files from the Associated Press. No injuries have been reported.

Forecasters are cautioning that high winds, with gusts between 40 and 50 miles per hour, could cause downed trees and power outages, with the strongest impacts nearer to the storm center and diminishing farther east in the state.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has downgraded Hurricane Isaias to a tropical storm after it hit the coastal areas of South and North Carolina.

Officials are warning of a potentially more severe outcome in some parts of North and SC, particularly in the stretch from the South Santee River in SC to Surf City, N.C., a region that's under a hurricane warning.

Authorities in Myrtle Beach, S.C., ordered swimmers out of the water to avoid rough surf and strong rip currents.

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"The shorter Isaias's visit (Tuesday), the better", he said.

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