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Post by thelivyjr » Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:40 p


"Short-lived subtropical system attempting to brew in Atlantic Ocean"

Kristina Pydynowski

23 JUNE 2020

AccuWeather meteorologists are closely monitoring a system churning east of the northeastern United States for potential development into the next subtropical depression or named storm, a status it could reach by Tuesday.

The system is spinning a few hundred miles offshore of the mid-Atlantic and about 320 miles southeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The environment is marginally conducive for it to gain tropical characteristics.

"The system is located right along the edge of water warm that can support tropical development," AccuWeather's Top Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

The threshold that forecasters look for in order for tropical systems to develop or survive is 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

"If the system stays over this warm water long enough and dry air doesn't wrap into its center, it could organize into a subtropical depression or storm later Monday or Monday night and continue into Tuesday."

The system being monitored for tropical development was seen spinning east of the mid-Atlantic on June 22, 2020. (RAMMB-Satellite)

Subtropical storms are a hybrid of a non-tropical and tropical storms, yet are still given a name.

The next subtropical or tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin would acquire the name Dolly.

However, the time this system may spend as a subtropical depression or storm would be extremely brief.

"The system will pass just south and east of Nova Scotia Tuesday and Tuesday night and back over much colder water," Kottlowski said.

"Once over that much colder water, the system will lose any tropical characteristics and once again become a non-tropical system."

The disturbance could stir rough seas and cause disruptions in the path of shipping interests.

If the system is named Dolly, it would be extremely rare to have four named tropical storms by the end of June.

According to records from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the month of June has only produced two other D-named storms: Tropical Storm Debby from 2012 and Tropical Storm Danielle from 2016.

Debby formed over the south-central Gulf of Mexico before slamming into the Big Bend area of Florida on June 26, 2012.

The system weakened soon after moving inland, but it produced a considerable amount of flooding across northern and central portions of the state.

Danielle formed in a similar area and was a short-lived tropical storm that developed over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

The weak tropical storm made landfall near Tamiahua in eastern Mexico on June 20, 2016.

According to AccuWeather Senior Weather Editor and Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell, there have been 69 D-named storms in the Atlantic since storms were officially named starting in 1950.

The most common of those names are Dolly at eight times and the aforementioned Debby and Danielle at seven times apiece.

Danielle's formation on June 20, 2016, just prior to landfall holds the record for the earliest formation of the fourth tropical storm of the season.

So far, eight D-named storms have been retired, including Hurricane Diane in 1955 and Hurricane Dean in 2007.

Hurricane Dorian from 2019 is expected to be retired sometime this year.

Ferrell said all of the retired D-named storms formed in August, with the exception of Dennis, which formed the earliest on July 4, 2005.

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has already experienced its earliest third-named storm on record when Cristobal formed near the coast of southeastern Mexico on June 2.

The remainder of the Atlantic Ocean is quiet due to an "abnormally" large dust cloud spanning most of the basin and the presence of strong wind shear, or increasing winds with altitude.

Additional reporting by meteorologist Maura Kelly, staff writer Mark Puleo, and weather editor Jesse Ferrell.

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Post by thelivyjr » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:40 p


"Strong thunderstorms to threaten portions of the Northeast through weekend"

Ryan Adamson

26 JUNE 2020

Meteorologists are monitoring the risk for strong to severe thunderstorms in parts of the Northeast on Saturday.

However, there will be several factors that will play a role in determining just how strong and widespread the storms become.

Following a fairly seasonable day with low humidity levels on Friday, conditions will turn unsettled by Friday night.

As warmer and more humid air arrives, an area of showers and thunderstorms is likely to move into the region.

It appears most likely that southern New York and northern Pennsylvania will have the highest risk for these storms to bring impacts.

While the storms on Friday night and early Saturday morning are not expected to be severe, there will be a risk of heavy rain.

The evolution of the threat for severe weather on Saturday afternoon will be dependent on exactly where the storms from Friday night track and how quickly they move away on Saturday morning.

"Saturday's severe weather risk will largely hinge on where a complex of rain and thunderstorms sweeps through the Great Lakes and interior Northeast during Friday night," stated AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff.

"Should this complex of storms dive farther southeast and leave lingering clouds in its wake during Saturday morning, the area at risk for severe thunderstorms later in the day would likely set up farther to the south and east than currently forecast," Duff continued.

If the above scenario winds up coming to fruition, than some of the major cities along the I-95 corridor would be included in the risk zone.

"There should be a couple of thunderstorms erupting later on Saturday afternoon along the I-95 corridor between Boston and Washington," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Carl Babinski.

"There is at least the potential for those to bring strong, potentially damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, some hail and a flooding downpour through early Saturday night," Babinski noted.

While there is some question as to the severity of the storms, a storm does not need to contain damaging wind gusts, hail or flooding to be dangerous.

"Regardless of the severity of the thunderstorms on Saturday, residents are reminded that any thunderstorm can produce potentially deadly lightning strikes, so making sure you seek proper shelter is very important," Duff emphasized.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely to linger into Sunday, but the threat of severe weather will be lower. ... &ocid=iehp

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Post by thelivyjr » Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:40 p


"July 4th weekend forecast calls for heat, severe weather"

3 JULY 2020

From California to New Jersey, heat will be the story for the holiday weekend forecast.

For example, it's been the hottest start of the summer since 2005 in Albany, New York, where it has already had seven days of 90-plus degrees.

Also, the heat reached most of the northern reaches of lower 48 states Thursday with Duluth, Minnesota, breaking a record high temperature with 93 degrees.

More heat and humidity east of the Rockies is in the forecast Friday, with most areas feeling like its 90 to 100 degrees.

Some areas will feel closer to 110 degrees in the South-central states!

A heat advisory has been issued from Minneapolis all the way down to Shreveport, Louisiana, Friday.

Over the holiday weekend, the heat will hang out for most of the East Coast, and then spread into the West as well, with 110 degrees possible in southern California.

The only relatively cooler areas will be in New England and in the Pacific Northwest, where temps will be mostly in the 70s.

Strong to severe storms from the Plains to the Northeast are worth monitoring this weekend.

Already more than 150 damaging storms reports observed from Colorado to Maine Thursday, with five reported tornadoes in Colorado and Nebraska.

No damage was reported with these tornadoes.

As the cold front moves through the Northeast, strong to severe storms are possible from Vermont down to New Jersey, where damaging winds and some hail will be the biggest threat.

More severe storms are expected in the Plains from western Montana and Wyoming to the Dakotas, where damaging winds and large hail will be the biggest threat.

Last but not least, a stationary front will continue to sit across the South and produce more storms from Oklahoma to Florida.

The biggest threat in the South will be heavy rain that could produce flash flooding, where some areas could see more than 4 inches of rain. ... &ocid=iehp

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Post by thelivyjr » Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:40 p


"Severe storms and flash flooding in the East, gusty winds spread fires in West"

8 JULY 2020

There were more than 220 damaging storm reports from the Plains to the Northeast yesterday.

Winds gusted to 71 mph in Mamaroneck, New York, just north of New York City, and there were winds of up to 66 mph in New Jersey as well as 69 mph in Washington, D.C.

The highest wind gust due to thunderstorms was in South Dakota where it gusted to 83 mph and some downed trees were reported from the Northeast and in the Dakotas.

Elsewhere, golf ball-sized hail was reported in Bergen County, New Jersey just outside of New York City.

These thunderstorms also brought very heavy rain to the Northeast and the Plains.

Just north of Philadelphia, up to 5 inches of rain was recorded in just a few hours causing significant flash flooding in the metro area.

Just south of Washington, D.C., more than a half a foot of rain was reported and street and road flooding was reported as well.

There will be storms in the Northeast today but they won’t be as severe as they were yesterday though gusty winds and heavy rain is still possible.

Severe storms today are expected in the Upper Midwest and the northern Plains from Montana all the way to Minnesota where damaging winds and large hail will be the biggest threat and a possible threat for a few tornadoes.

In the West, several dozen fires are continuing to burn.

Some of the most significant fires are the Soledad Canyon Fire in Santa Clarita, California which is 1,500 acres and is 48% contained as evacuation orders have lifted.

The Crews Fire in Santa Clara County, California is now 5,400 acres and is only 20% contained as evacuations continue.

Wildfires are also burning in Nevada and one of them, called the Numbers Fire in Douglas County, is 2,500 acres with some evacuations occurring.

Another fire in the Bay area is the Mountain Meadows Fire in Solano county, at some point, 30 homes were evacuated but people were allowed to return and the fire has been brought under control now.

Five states in the West are under a Red Flag Warning with winds forecast to gust 30 to 40 mph and, locally, 45 mph winds are possible.

A tropical system is trying to develop in the Southeast and, at the moment, the National Hurricane Center is giving it a 40% chance to develop into a Tropical Depression or a Tropical Storm late this week as it moves off the coast of the Carolinas.

This southern system could bring very heavy rain to the Southeast from Florida to the Carolinas where, locally, some areas could see more than 5 inches of rain with flash flooding possible!

Heavy rain is expected due to a stationary front from Texas through the Gulf Coast where flash flooding is also possible. ... &ocid=iehp

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Post by thelivyjr » Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:40 p


"Tropical Storm Fay: Thousands without power in New Jersey; NYC braces for heavy wind, rain"

Andrew J. Goudsward, Joshua Chung and Joel Shannon, USA TODAY NETWORK

10 JULY 2020

ASBURY PARK, N.J. – The center of Tropical Storm Fay neared the New Jersey coast Friday afternoon as forecasters warned millions about potential flash floods, soaking rain and high winds.

A tropical storm warning spanning hundreds of miles is in effect from Delaware to Rhode Island, and Jersey Central Power and Light has reported large-scale power outages across New Jersey.

In Monmouth County alone, more than 19,000 customers were without power.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and is moving north at 12 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Flash flood warnings were issued along the storm's path Friday, including one for the New York City area.

Fay was expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain Friday, with the possibility of flash flooding in parts of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England, according to the Hurricane Center.

Forecasters say the biggest impact will be the heavy rainfall that will bring some flash flooding which could be life-threatening, as "rapidly rising flood waters may quickly inundate roadways and areas of poor drainage."

"Streams and creeks could leave their banks, flooding nearby properties," said the National Weather Service.

NEW: Tropical Storm #Fay has formed this afternoon. Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued from Cape May, NJ to Watch Hill, RI, including Long Island. Full advisory:
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) July 9, 2020

“We expect some pretty heavy winds, and we need people to be ready for that, and some flash flooding in certain parts of the city,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a briefing Friday morning.

The summer storm's impact on the city was expected to be ”pretty limited," but de Blasio said it would be a bad night for outdoor dining — the only sit-down service allowed at city restaurants because of the pandemic.

"If you were going to go out tonight, instead order in and keep helping our restaurant community,” he said.

President Donald Trump said the storm is being monitored and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was poised to help if needed. ... ?ocid=iehp

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Post by thelivyjr » Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:40 p


"Forecasters monitoring weak tropical systems in Gulf, Caribbean and Atlantic"

Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

21 JULY 2020

Though the typical peak of hurricane season is still several weeks away, forecasters Monday were monitoring a trio of weak tropical systems in the Gulf, Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean.

The first system, a weak low-pressure area, formed over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico Monday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"The associated shower and thunderstorm activity is currently disorganized, and little additional development is expected before the system moves inland over Texas tonight or Tuesday," the hurricane center said.

Although this system is not a significant concern, said "it could enhance rainfall near parts of the upper Texas and Louisiana coasts."

The second system is a tropical wave now spinning over the Bahamas and Cuba, the hurricane center said.

Once the wave moves into the Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday, more favorable conditions for tropical development are forecast, AccuWeather said.

However, at this time, meteorologists believe the system will not have time to ramp up to a hurricane and the chance of a tropical storm developing from it is 10-20% and for a tropical depression to evolve from it is between 20-30%, according to AccuWeather.

Just like the first system, parts of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf coasts could see enhanced showers and thunderstorms from this system late in the week, warned.

The third disturbance is a tropical wave in the central Atlantic Ocean that's has a low chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm, the hurricane center said.

If any of the systems become a named tropical storm, it would get the name Gonzalo.

So far this year, six tropical storms have formed in the Atlantic Basin, with the most recent being Tropical Storm Fay 10 days ago.

Fay soaked portions of the northeastern U.S. with heavy rain.

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Post by thelivyjr » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:40 p


"Tropical Storm Isaias bears down on Puerto Rico, could hit Florida on weekend"

By Ben Kesslen

July 30, 2020, 9:22 AM EDT

Tropical Storm Isaias bore down on Puerto Rico Thursday morning — bringing high winds, flash-flood warnings and, in some areas, up to 8 inches of rain — and could hit Florida over the weekend.

The storm will produce “potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides” in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti, and the Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center said in an early Thursday morning report.

Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands should expect “tropical storm conditions” throughout the morning, as the storm heads west Thursday and Friday, the hurricane center said.

The islands should expect three to six inches of rain, and up to eight inches in “isolated” areas, the National Weather Service said.

The weather service said the U.S. Virgin Islands, eastern Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola might see rivers flood, as well as urban and small streams.

“Life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” are forecasted in places where Isaias will pass through, it said.

As of 8 a.m. Thursday, Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour, with some higher gusts.

The winds extended outwards up to 345 miles, the weather service said.

The storm was forecast to be near the central Bahamas on Friday night and to approach the northwest Bahamas or southern Florida on Friday night and Saturday.

As it travels northwest up the Caribbean Sea, Isaiah is expected to hits parts of eastern Cuba and south Florida on Friday and over the weekend, the hurricane center said.

“It is too soon to determine the location or magnitude of those impacts,” the center said on Thursday, telling residents to monitor the system, prepare their households, and follow the forecast in the next few days.

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Post by thelivyjr » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:40 p


"Florida battens down for Tropical Storm Isaias which will move up U.S. East Coast - The storm is expected to move near Florida on Saturday afternoon through Sunday before heading north along the U.S. East Coast."

By Phil Helsel and Minyvonne Burke

Aug. 1, 2020 02:59

July 31, 2020, 11:36 PM EDT / Updated Aug. 1, 2020, 5:22 PM EDT

Florida battened down on Saturday as Tropical Storm Isaias barreled toward the state before its expected move up the U.S. East Coast.

With maximum sustained winds of 70 mph the storm was downgraded form a hurricane Saturday afternoon.

It was forecast to move over the Straits of Florida Saturday night before approaching the southeast coast of Florida early Sunday.

Isaias was forecast to "re-strengthen to a hurricane overnight," the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.

Hurricane warnings remained in effect for Boca Raton, Florida and Northwestern Bahamas.

Isaias was expected to remain at hurricane strength Monday, the center said.

Florida is already fighting the coronavirus pandemic and one county official in South Florida said Friday it was hard to imagine that they were now dealing with a storm.

"It's just kind of been the way 2020's going so far, but we roll with it, right?" Howard Tipton, administrator for St. Lucie County, which is north of Palm Beach County, said at a news conference.

"We don't get to determine the cards that we're dealt."

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday that a request he sent to President Donald Trump for a federal disaster declaration was approved, and "the state of Florida is fully prepared."

DeSantis, who has urged residents to have seven days' worth of food, water and medicine on hand ahead of the storm, said that while he doesn't “anticipate hospitals needing to evacuate patients," one small hospital in Brevard County moved its COVID-19 patients to another location.

NASA on Saturday said that despite the weather "conditions are 'Go'" for the scheduled return Sunday afternoon of astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, who departed for the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Endeavour spacecraft in late May.

NASA said in a statement that they could splash down at a primary landing site off the coast of Pensacola or at an alternate site off of Panama City.

Both are in the Gulf of Mexico.

Miami-Dade County meanwhile ordered parks, beaches, marinas and golf courses closed through at least Saturday.

Palm Beach County, which was under an earlier hurricane warning, said it was opening four shelters and one for animals Saturday morning.

The shelters are for residents of mobile or manufactured homes and other housing deemed substandard.

Florida Power & Light Company said it activated its emergency response plan and recruited around 2,000 people from 10 states to help restore power.

The utility expects a large part of its coverage area to feel the storm's effects.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez on Saturday morning told residents to stay home and that high winds and flooding were expected in some areas of South Florida by mid-afternoon.

Authorities in North Carolina ordered the evacuation of Oracoke Island, which was slammed by last year’s Hurricane Dorian, as well as that of Holden Beach, and Ocean Isle Beach.

Cape Lookout National Seashore said it would close at 5 p.m.

The Bahamas evacuated people in Abaco, who have been living in temporary structures since Dorian, and those on the eastern end of Grand Bahama.

The storm knocked shingles off roofs and tumbled trees as it carved its way through the archipelago.

Even if it does not make landfall, the storm is relatively large and its effects could extend beyond its center.

A Storm Surge Watch has been issued from Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedre Beach, Florida, where there is the possibility of life-threatening inundation from storm surge.

Residents in these areas should follow the advice given by local emergency officials.

On Thursday, while still a tropical storm, Isaias toppled trees, destroyed crops and caused widespread flooding and small landslides in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, where hundreds of thousands of people were left without power and water.

Officials reported that a man died in the Dominican Republic when he was electrocuted by a fallen electrical cable.

More than 5,000 people were evacuated, and more than 130 communities remained cut off by floodwaters.

Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News.

Minyvonne Burke is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

The Associated Press and Dennis Romero contributed. ... s-n1235557

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Post by thelivyjr » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:40 p


"Tropical Storm Isaias expected to lash Carolinas with 'life-threatening storm surge' - 'Preparations should be rushed to completion,' the National Weather Service warned Monday morning - Isaias heads toward Carolinas, raising concerns about flooding"

By Elisha Fieldstadt

Aug. 3, 2020, 10:15 AM EDT

Residents in the Carolinas were advised to prepare for "life-threatening storm surge" as Tropical Storm Isaias crept up the coast and was expected to make landfall with the force of a hurricane by Monday night.

"Isaias is forecast to regain hurricane strength before it reaches the coast of northeastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina, and hurricane conditions are expected in the hurricane warning by this evening."

"Preparations should be rushed to completion," the National Weather Service warned Monday morning.

"There is the danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation along portions of the immediate coastline and adjacent waterways of northeastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina coast."

Those areas could expect up to 8 inches of rain, flash flooding and possible tornadoes.

Isaias was expected to make landfall near the border of the Carolinas between 10 p.m. Monday and 2 a.m. Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane or a strong tropical storm.

Meteorologists worried the landfall would coincide with the high tide.

Coastal areas north of the Carolinas could also expect possible "flash and urban flooding, high winds, dangerous storm surge, coastal flooding, life-threatening surf, rip currents, and severe thunderstorms with tornadoes to portions of the Eastern U.S.," the weather service said.

About 59 million people were under a tropical storm alert Monday, stretching from Florida to Maine.

Most of those areas were also under flash flood watches, as heavy rainfall was predicted.

The storm had already dropped heavy rain on Florida's east coast even though it had been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon.

Last week, the storm uprooted trees, destroyed crops and homes and caused widespread flooding and small landslides in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

One man died in the Dominican Republic.

In Puerto Rico, the National Guard rescued at least 35 people from floods that swept away one woman, whose body was recovered Saturday.

Isaias snapped trees and knocked out power as it blew through the Bahamas on Saturday.

Officials there opened shelters for people in the Abaco Islands to help those who have been living in temporary structures since Hurricane Dorian devastated the area, killing at least 70 people in September 2019.

Elisha Fieldstadt is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

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Post by thelivyjr » Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:40 p


"Tropical Storm Isaias batters East Coast, knocks out power for nearly 3 million"

By Associated Press

Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 5:28 p.m. ET

WINDSOR, N.C. — At least four people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people.

Two people died when Isaias spun off a tornado that struck a North Carolina mobile home park.

Authorities said two others were killed by falling trees toppled by the storm in Maryland and New York City.

More than 15 hours after coming ashore, Isaias still had sustained top winds of 65 mph.

At 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, the storm’s center was about 65 miles west of New York City, where winds forced the Staten Island ferry and outdoor subway lines to shut down.

As Isaias sped northward at 40 mph, the National Hurricane Center warned of potentially life-threatening flooding around Philadelphia and other points along the I-95 corridor.

Two people died after a tornado demolished several mobile homes in Windsor, North Carolina.

Emergency responders finished searching the wreckage Tuesday afternoon.

They found no other casualties, and several people initially feared missing had all been accounted for, said Ron Wesson, chairman of the Bertie County Board of Commissioners.

He said about 12 people were hospitalized.

Sharee and Jeffrey Stilwell took shelter in their living room about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday as the tornado tore through Windsor.

Sharee Stillwell said their home shook “like a freight train.”

“I felt like the house was going to cave in,” said Jeffrey Stillwell, 65, though once the storm passed, the couple found only a few damaged shingles and fallen tree branches in the yard.

The mobile home park less than 2 miles away wasn’t so fortunate.

Aerial video by WRAL-TV showed fields of debris where rescue workers in brightly colored shirts picked through splintered boards and other wreckage.

Nearby, a vehicle was flipped onto its roof.

“It doesn’t look real; it looks like something on TV."

"Nothing is there,” Bertie County Sheriff John Holley told reporters, saying 10 mobile homes had been destroyed.

“All my officers are down there at this time."

"Pretty much the entire trailer park is gone.”

In New York City, a massive tree fell and crushed a van in the Briarwood section of Queens, killing a man inside, police said.

A woman in Mechanicsville, Maryland, died when a tree crashed onto her car during stormy conditions, said Cpl. Julie Yingling of the St. Mary’s County sheriff’s office.

Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength as it churned toward the East Coast.

Fueled by warm ocean waters, the storm got a late burst of strength as a rejuvenated hurricane with top sustained winds of 85 mph before coming ashore late Monday near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

Many homes flooded in Ocean Isle Beach, and at least five caught fire, Mayor Debbie Smith told WECT-TV.

Before making landfall late Monday, Isaias killed two people in the Caribbean and battered the Bahamas before brushing past Florida.

On Tuesday, forecasters expected it to remain a tropical storm on a path into New England.

“We don’t think there is going to be a whole lot of weakening."

"We still think there’s going to be very strong and gusty winds that will affect much of the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast over the next day or two,” hurricane specialist Robbie Berg told The AP.

Tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.

Power outages also spread as trees fell, with more than 2.8 million customers losing electricity across multiple states, according to PowerOutage.US, which tracks utility reports.

In Suffolk, Virginia, near the coast, multiple homes were damaged by falling trees and city officials received reports of a possible tornado.

Motorists in the Philadelphia area had to be rescued as roads suddenly flooded.

The New Jersey Turnpike banned car-pulled trailers and motorcycles.

Most of the significant damage Tuesday seemed to be east and north of where the hurricane’s eye struck land in North Carolina.

Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday that Brunswick, Pender and Onslow counties along the state’s southeast coast were among the hardest hit with storm surge, structure fires and reports of tornadoes.

Deputies on North Carolina’s Oak Island had to rescue five adults and three children after the storm hit, causing damage along the beachfront and knocking electricity and sewer facilities offline, authorities said.

In North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the storm sent waves crashing over the Sea Cabin Pier late Monday, causing a big section to collapse into the water as startled bystanders taking photos from the pier scrambled back to land.

“I’m shocked it’s still standing,” said Dean Burris, who watched from the balcony of a vacation rental.

The Hurricane Center had warned oceanside dwellers near the North Carolina-South Carolina state line to brace for storm surge up to 5 feet and up to 8 inches of rain.

Eileen and David Hubler were out early Tuesday cleaning up in North Myrtle Beach, where 4 feet of storm surge flooded cars, unhinged docks and etched a water line into the side of their home.

“When the water started coming, it did not stop,” Eileen Hubler said.

They had moved most items of value to their second floor, but a mattress and washing machine were unexpected storm casualties.

“We keep thinking we’ve learned our lesson,” she said.

“And each time there’s a hurricane, we learn a new lesson.” ... latestnews

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