How Hurricane Isaias could impact New England

How Hurricane Isaias could impact New England

The Florida coast looked set to avoid major damage late on Sunday with Tropical Storm Isaias keeping offshore as it rumbles north, although it could strengthen to a hurricane by the time it reaches the Carolinas on Monday packing heavy winds and rain.

The NHC added: "Flash and urban flooding, some of which may be significant in the eastern Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic, are expected through midweek along and near the path of Isaias across the US East Coast".

Stacy Stewart, senior hurricane specialist at the hurricane center in Miami, said upper-level winds took some of the strength out of Isaias.

Isaias killed two people in the Caribbean and roughed up the Bahamas but remained at sea as it brushed past Florida over the weekend, providing some welcome relief to emergency managers who had to accommodate mask-wearing evacuees in storm shelters.

The Bahamas is by far getting the worst of it, with the departing storm still bringing 100-200 mm of rain, and as much as 300 mm locally.

After a breezy Sunday with areas of rain and storms thanks to the outer rain-bands of Isaias, our weather should start to gradually return to normal the next few days. The governor warned residents to expect power outages and asked to have a week's supply of water and food on hand. After the NHC dropped all hurricane watches and warnings on Sunday morning, and the storm was no longer believed to become a hurricane, the HWN secured operations on Sunday, August 1. A hurricane warning has been issued for parts of the Carolinas, and storm surges may reach 3 to 5 feet. One man died in the Dominican Republic.

On Saturday, Isaias whipped through the Bahamas, knocking out power and bringing down trees. Officials also adapted their shelter policies to the pandemic, providing spaces where people could stay safely apart from each other to prevent the spread of the virus.

'We still are experiencing some winds, Lisa DeLaRionda, a spokeswoman for Palm Beach County said yesterday.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City says there's high risk for unsafe rip currents as Tropical Storm Isaias makes it way toward North Carolina.

About 150 people had to keep masks on while sheltering in Palm Beach County, which has a voluntary evacuation order for people living in homes that can't withstand risky winds, said emergency management spokeswoman Lisa De La Rionda.

When will Tropical Storm Isaias hit N.J.? Shelters had opened at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Florida's daily Covid-19 death toll rose to a record earlier this week. Temperature checks were done at the door, officials said, and isolation rooms were designated in case anyone came in with symptoms.

As the storm moves now toward Florida, a hurricane warning is in effect from Boca Raton to the Volusia-Flagler county line, which lies about 150 miles (240 kilometers) north. Coronavirus testing centers, many housed in tents, were closed Thursday and will not reopen until they get the all-clear after the storm.

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