Death toll rises to 9 in US after Isaias hit the east coast

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At least nine people, including a five-year-old girl with autism, were killed when Tropical Storm Isaias hit the US east coast with rain and high winds after making landfall like a hurricane in North Carolina. Millions of people were without power on Wednesday after felled trees cut down power lines.The noise of generators and chainsaws punctuated the sunrise in New Jersey, where more than a million homes and businesses were without power. NJ Transit train service remained suspended as crews cleared about 150 trees and repaired overhead signals and cables.

Regional rail service was also suspended in Philadelphia after Isaias lifted the Schuylkill River and sent an unsecured construction barge across a bridge. Inspectors were checking for damage. Interstate 676, which crosses the bridge, was also closed in both directions.

Patrick Foye, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York, said more than 2,000 trees have fallen on the system’s train and bus network.

“This storm caused serious damage,” Foye said Wednesday. “It’s not since Superstorm Sandy that our system has experienced this type of wind. “

A New York City worker climbs a tree to observe the damage he caused to a home and car during Tropical Storm Isaias cleanup in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York on Wednesday. (Brendan McDermid / Reuters)

The consequences of the storm

Two people died when Isaias devastated a tornado that hit a mobile home park in North Carolina. Another person died in Pennsylvania when their vehicle was overtaken by water and swept downstream.

The five-year-old girl was missing from her Philadelphia-area home during the height of the storm on Tuesday and was found dead on Wednesday. Authorities said they believed she was washed away by floodwaters in the creek behind her house.

Three more have been killed by fallen storm-toppled trees in Maryland, Connecticut and New York, and an eighth person has died in Delaware when a tree branch fell on them, authorities say . A woman was found dead in a New Hampshire home on Tuesday evening.

Isaias experienced high winds of up to 105 km / h more than 18 hours after coming ashore, but it had fallen to 64 km / h max winds by early Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Isaias switched between the strength of hurricanes and tropical storms as he made his way to the East Coast. Fueled by warm ocean waters, the storm took on a late surge of force in the form of a rejuvenated hurricane with sustained top winds of 136 km / h before disembarking late Monday near Ocean Isle Beach, Caroline from the North Its tropical storm status was maintained but weakened as it moved north. in Canada Tuesday night.

Before making landfall on Monday evening, Isaias killed two people in the Caribbean and beat the Bahamas before passing Florida.

Tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. Power outages have also spread in the wake of falling trees, with more than 2.7 million customers losing power in several states as of Wednesday morning, according to PowerOutage.US, which follows utility reports. . New York’s electric utility said it suffered more Isaias outages than any storm except Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Power lines crisscross a street in Guttenberg, New Jersey, after Tropical Storm Isaias hit on Tuesday. Fallen trees and debris littered the streets of the area, leaving thousands without electricity and disrupting metro service. (Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images)

In Doylestown, Pa., Officials said four children were treated for minor injuries after high winds partially tore the roof of a daycare center. Also in the Philadelphia suburb, Delaware County rescue workers were looking for a youngster who fell or jumped into the rapid water of a swollen stream, said Timothy Boyce, the county’s emergency services director.

Some of the worst damage appeared to be east and north of where the eye of the hurricane hit land in North Carolina.

“Fortunately, this storm was rapid and has already left our state,” Governor Roy Cooper said Tuesday.

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