Isaias to Hit Carolinas, Returns to Hurricane, Alerts for Entirety of East Coast


Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to return to hurricane strength when it strikes the Carolinas on Monday as the National Weather Service has issued alerts for the entirety of the East Coast; plus, weather news and forecasts.

Isaias will return to hurricane strength before hitting Carolinas

Tropical Storm Isaias is forecast to strengthen into a weak Category 1 hurricane as it reaches the Carolinas on Monday night, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Isaias is expected to make landfall on the early morning hours of Tuesday somewhere between the borders of North and South Carolina. Hurricane and tropical storm watches/warnings have been issued for the entirety of the East coast for Monday.

Winds up to 70 mph expected

The impacts from are expected to affect South Carolina in the latter part of the day on Monday and move into North Carolina by Monday night. Strong, high winds up to 70 miles per hour are anticipated, which could bring down trees and power lines. Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

Dangerous storm surges along the East Coast

One of the biggest dangers from tropical storm/hurricane Isaias are storm surges that could bring anywhere from 2-4 feet of ocean water into places such as downtown Charleston, CNN reported.

From Melbourne to Daytona Beach to Jacksonville, Florida, to Savannah, Georgia, storm surges could be anywhere from 1-3 feet. From Savannah to Charleston to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, storm surges could be anywhere from 2-4 feet. From Wilmington Beach to Hatteras, North Carolina, to Norfolk, Virginia storm surges could be anywhere from 1-3 feet.

Tropical storm alerts

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a variety of hurricane and tropical storm-related alerts along the East Coast for Monday.

Hurricane warning: Cape Fear and from Georgetown to Myrtle Beach to Wilmington, North Carolina.

Tropical storm warning: Along the coastlines of Florida (central to northern regions), Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

Tropical storm watch: Connecticut, Rhode Island Massachusetts, New Hampshire and southern Maine.

Flood warnings

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flood and flash flood watches for the following areas on Monday: central South Carolina; central and northwest North Carolina; western and northern Virginia; southwest and eastern West Virginia; Washington, D.C.,; central Maryland; central, northeastern  and southern Pennsylvania; New Jersey; Delaware; south-central, northern and eastern New York; western New England areas; Vermont.

Today’s US forecast: August 3, 2020

West: San Francisco 72, windy; Los Angeles 85, partly cloudy; Reno 93, sunny; Las Vegas 111, sunny; Salt Lake City 98, sunny; Denver 90, partly cloudy.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 79, partly cloudy; Medford 93, sunny; Boise 89, sunny; Cut Bank 85, partly cloudy; Billings 94, thunderstorms; Minot 80, sunny; Rapid City 83, mostly sunny.

Southwest: Phoenix 113, partly cloudy; Albuquerque 96, mostly sunny; El Paso 100, sunny; San Antonio 99, mostly sunny; Brownsville 92, mostly sunny.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 94, partly cloudy; Dallas 94, mostly sunny; Oklahoma City 82, partly cloudy; Kansas City 77, mostly sunny; International Falls 72, mostly sunny; Minneapolis 75, partly cloudy.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 71, rain; St. Louis 76, partly cloudy; Detroit 81, thunderstorms; Cincinnati 82, thunderstorms.

South: Houston 95, mostly sunny; New Orleans 93, sunny; Memphis 87, thunderstorms; Atlanta 85, thunderstorms; Charlotte 83, thunderstorms; Jacksonville 88, thunderstorms; Tampa 93, partly cloudy; Miami 88, thunderstorms.

East: Norfolk 89, thunderstorms; Washington, D.C. 86, thunderstorms; Buffalo 81, thunderstorms; New York City 91, mostly sunny; Boston 91, partly cloudy; Caribou 84, thunderstorms.