Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Here’s where Storm Isaias hit the hardest

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Note: The maps below are no longer updated.

On Monday evening, Hurricane Isaias made landfall in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina with winds of up to 85 mph, causing storm surges on the coast and tornadoes as it moved to the inland.

As of Tuesday morning, Isaias had weakened to tropical storm status but caused widespread blackouts, with more than 350,000 without power in Virginia and more than 300,000 in North Carolina, according to the tracking website. PowerOutage.US.

The National Hurricane Center has warned of more tornadoes as the storm continues to move up the Atlantic coast: “Tornadoes are very likely until noon, from Southeast Virginia to New Jersey.”

Wind trajectory forecasts and probabilities

The times shown are Eastern Time in the United States. Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News / Via NOAA / NWS

This updated map shows the forecast track and most likely forecast winds for the storm. Use the command to toggle between the probability of tropical storm force winds (greater than 39 mph) and hurricane force winds (greater than 74 mph).

Ahead of the storm’s arrival off the coast of Florida, the state’s Emergency Management Division shut down state-backed COVID-19 testing sites from 5 p.m. on Thursday. Miami-Dade County beaches and closed parks from 8 p.m. Friday.

Last week, Isaias hit Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic with winds and heavy rain, causing local flash floods and power outages. Power and light of the Bahamas also reported outages the Saturday.

Forecast of the path and the rain in the next 7 days

Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News / Via NOAA / NWS

This updated map shows the best predicted track for Isaias superimposed on the rain forecast for the next seven days. On Tuesday morning, the National Hurricane Center warned that parts of the Mid-Atlantic region would likely receive 3 to 6 inches of rain, with isolated highs of up to 8 inches.

“Heavy rains along the east coast near the Isaias road will cause sudden and urban flooding,” the hurricane center said. Floods are a greater risk in urban areas because paved surfaces make it difficult to absorb water.

As always, watch for updates from local authorities and follow evacuation or shelter-in-place orders. See National Hurricane Center reviews for more information on the storm.


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