NHC’s latest track on Isaias. Good news, this storm will not get stronger and it will evolve quickly. Bad news, the road will be close to the I-95 corridor. Heavy rain, (2-4 “), winds gusting 35 to 55 mph. A few power outages and a risk of a tornado along and to the east of the storm. Pic.twitter.com/veflEksIYZ
– Steve Stewart (@ StewartABC11) August 2, 2020
The northwestern Bahamas will continue to experience tropical storm conditions until today.
A tropical storm watch is now in effect for North and South Carolina.
Governor Roy Cooper has since authorized the activation of up to 150 members of the North Carolina National Guard for use as needed in hurricane response and water rescue teams are on standby as needed.
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Meteorologist Steve Stewart says the system is very disorganized due to wind shear and dry air off Florida. He says the storm is not expected to get stronger. It will retain its strength with hot water or weaken.
The system’s path followed further and further west, closer to I-95. The triangle is predicted to have a high risk of severe weather
With its eventual turn to the north, Isaias is still expected to bring heavy rains and potential flash floods to the lowlands of Florida and the Carolinas.
WHAT WE CAN EXPECT:
From the end of Monday to the beginning of Tuesday, our area can expect heavy rains and flash floods.
Rain totals could be between 2 and 4 inches. Winds will likely be 35 to 55 mph. This means that there is a possibility of power outages and isolated tornadoes east of the storm.
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As soon as the system turns north, the ABC11 Early Warning Team will be able to do a much better assessment of the specific impacts Isaias will have in your neighborhood.
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Meanwhile, a mandatory evacuation of visitors is in order for Hatteras Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Ocracoke Island. The areas will be reserved for residents, owners, vendors and other essential personnel.
Cooper declared a state of emergency for the state of North Carolina on Friday before Hurricane Isaias.
As of Thursday, more than 400,000 customers in Puerto Rico lost power, according to ABC News. Some have been trapped in the floods.
The North Carolina coast is already seeing the effects of Isaias as a high-risk rip current took effect from Friday stretching from Hatteras to Carolina Beach. The increased threat will continue as the storm continues to move north.
Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher at Colorado State University, said Isaias was the ninth-oldest named storm in the Atlantic. The previous record was Irene on August 7, 2005.
Stay with the ABC11 First Alert Weather team as they monitor this hurricane and any threats it may bring to North Carolina.
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