Isaias Threatens East Coast With Tornadoes, Flooding and 70 mph Winds

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Isaias slammed North Carolina overnight as a Category 1 hurricane but has now decreased to a tropical storm, but the threat remains for the East Coast which will see 70+ mph winds, flooding and potential tornadoes.

Isaias to bring dangerous winds, flooding and potential tornadoes to East Coast

As of Tuesday morning, Tropical Storm Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and was bearing down on the East Coast. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued tropical storm warnings for the entirety of the East Coast from North Carolina to the Maine/Canada border. Forecasters warned that tropical storm conditions will persist into the overnight hours of Tuesday.

As of this writing on Tuesday morning, the storm has left over 700,000 customers without power including more than 300,000 in North Carolina, over 351,000 in Virginia, over 39,000 in Maryland, and more than 35,000 in Delaware, according to poweroutage.us.

Projected path

The projected path of Isaias has the tropical storm over Delaware, New Jersey, Philadelphia and moving across eastern New York by 11 AM ET, then continuing over Connecticut and Massachusetts and moving toward Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Widespread damage overnight

Overnight, Hurricane Isaias created 1-2 foot swells in North Carolina, flooding streets, prompting numerous water rescues, flooding houses, collapsing structures and igniting structural fires, CNN reported.

Flood warnings

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flood warnings along the East Coast as well as inland areas due to Tropical Storm Isaias. The affected areas include:

Central and northeastern North Carolina; Eastern and northern Virginia; southern and central Maryland; Washington, D.C.; southeastern, central and northeastern Pennsylvania; south-central, eastern and northern New York, western New England areas; northern Vermont; southern New Hampshire; southern Maine.

Flash flood warning: Northern and central Arizona; California deserts.

Severe weather for central US

The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning of severe thunderstorms and heavy rain over portions of the central US on Tuesday for the Texas Panhandle; the Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma; northeastern New Mexico, eastern Colorado; western Kansas; southwestern and western Nebraska

Today’s US forecast: August 4, 2020

West: San Francisco 67, windy; Los Angeles 84, partly cloudy; Reno 95, sunny; Las Vegas 108, sunny; Salt Lake City 96, sunny; Denver 90, thunderstorms.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 81, sunny; Medford 94, sunny; Boise 91, sunny; Cut Bank 84, sunny; Billings 88, sunny; Minot 80, thunderstorms; Rapid City 85, thunderstorms.

Southwest: Phoenix 110, mostly sunny; Albuquerque 97, partly cloudy; El Paso 103, mostly sunny; San Antonio 98, mostly sunny; Brownsville 92, mostly sunny.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 97, partly cloudy; Dallas 94, sunny; Oklahoma City 82, partly cloudy; Kansas City 77, mostly sunny; Minneapolis 77, mostly sunny.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 72, mostly sunny; St. Louis 75, partly cloudy; Detroit 71, thunderstorms; Cincinnati 79, partly cloudy.

South: Houston 94, thunderstorms; New Orleans 94, mostly sunny; Memphis 82, partly cloudy; Atlanta 88, partly cloudy; Charlotte 90, partly cloudy; Jacksonville 94, thunderstorms; Tampa 93, thunderstorms; Miami 88, thunderstorms.East: Norfolk 89, rain; Washington, D.C. 84, rain; Buffalo 77, thunderstorms; New York City 80, thunderstorms; Boston 82, thunderstorms; Caribou 81, mostly cloudy.