Hurricane Isaias, now downgraded to a tropical storm is churning its way northward this morning, leaving more than 1.1 million customers were without power, mostly in New Jersey, Virginia and North Carolina.
Most of the power outages were in New Jersey and Virginia, with the greatest impact in southeastern Virginia, which bore the brunt of the tropical storm’s 70 mph sustained winds and heavy downpours as it left North Carolina.
A tornado killed two people and injured several others at a mobile home park in Bertie County, North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper said. Other tornadoes were confirmed in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center said.
Here is the forecast for this afternoon for the eastern coast of the United States:
- At noon, the storm was centered 35 miles west-southwest of Philadelphia, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, racing north-northeast at 35 mph.
- Tropical storm warnings stretch from just north of the Outer Banks of North Carolina to coastal Maine. Wind gusts along the coast may reach 60 to 80 mph, and 40 to 60 mph just inland.
- An additional 2 to 4 inches is predicted in the Mid-Atlantic, heaviest east of Interstate 95, with this amount also expected from eastern New York into Vermont. One to 3 inches is forecast over the remainder of New England. Here is a link to current radar.
- A tornado watch covers eastern Pennsylvania, central and northern New Jersey, southern New York state, and southern Connecticut until 4 p.m.
This is an ongoing and dangerous tropical store and we will be updating when possible and necessary.