Article image Isaias heads to a landfall in Carolinas - possibly as hurricane

Yolanda Curtis
August 4, 2020

A hurricane warning has been issued for parts of the Carolinas including Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina, and storm surge warnings have also been issued in the Carolinas. Isaias is now moving toward the north at 13 miles per hour (20 kph). Isaias is expected to strengthen into a hurricane just before it reaches the coast of northeastern SC or southern North Carolina tonight. What was once a hurricane, weakened to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon.

On Monday, however, Isaias was expected to gain strength as it moved north with a hurricane warning issued for parts of upper SC and lower North Carolina, according to The Weather Channel, including for Myrtle Beach and Wilmington.

The Storm Prediction Center issued a Tornado Watch for areas north and west of the city through 10 p.m.

Florida largely dodged a bullet with Tropical Storm Isaias over the weekend, but the storm was expected to strengthen into a hurricane Monday and lash the Carolinas. However, the tropical storm posed less of a threat than initially expected as it swirled just offshore the central coast of Florida. Models, like the American Model and European Model below, agree that the storm will be a hurricane when it makes landfall in the Carolinas tonight.

The storm is gone by Wednesday morning as dry weather moves back in for much of the 7 day forecast.

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". "Minor to isolated moderate river flooding is possible across portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic".

By the time the storm moves further north Tuesday and Wednesday, southeast NY and parts of New England could see up to six inches of rain but should avoid the worst of the conditions.

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