Tropical Storm Isaias is forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane again and make landfall as a hurricane in the Carolinas on Monday evening and night. It will bring a “life threatening” storm surge and flash flooding over the next few days, the National Weather Service said. “We are forecasting it to become a hurricane before it reaches the coast this evening,” senior hurricane specialist Daniel Brown said.
A tropical storm warning for Isaias, pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs has been in effect for a huge portion of the eastern U.S., all the way from Georgia to Massachusetts. In all, about 112 million Americans live where a tropical storm warning is in effect, according to the Weather Service.
As this article is being written, Tropical Storm Isaias is about 60 miles south, southeast of Charleston, S.C., with sustained winds of 70 miles an hour.
The time of landfall will depend on whether Isaias wobbles along its path, said Steven Taylor, lead meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Charleston, S.C.
“Because of the way the Carolina are angled, if it moves 10 miles in one direction, it could delay the onset of landfall by quite a bit,” Taylor said. “These systems are very fickle.”
This is an ongoing storm and will be updated as available and needed.