Category 1 Hurricane Isaias to make landfall in next few hours

Pablo Tucker
August 4, 2020

In the tropics, the east coast is bracing for Hurricane Isaias, which was upgraded to hurricane strength even as the western eyewall was brushing the SC coast around 7 p.m., and by 8 p.m., Isaias had strengthened with sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.

A storm surge warning was posted for a 180-mile stretch of the coastline from Folly Beach, South Carolina, north to Cape Fear, North Carolina.

Coastal shops and restaurants closed early, power began to flicker at oceanfront hotels and even the most adventurous of beachgoers abandoned the sand Monday night as newly restrengthened Hurricane Isaias sped toward the Carolinas.

"That will mean some heavy rain Tuesday night and early Wednesday through eastern Quebec and some breezy moderately gusty winds across the Maritimes, but nothing of great concern".

"Don't be fooled by the downgrade", Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned at a news conference after the storm spent hours roughing up the Bahamas.

At Great Kills Marina, boat owners were "just tying up some lines" ahead of the storm, said one captain who declined to provide his name.

"We're concerned about it here in New York", Cuomo said during a coronavirus teleconference with reporters on Sunday.

Isaias (pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs) was upgraded again from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane at 11 p.m. EDT. "If you live east of the storm, there's a lot of nasty weather there". "Stay home, and stay safe".

Swift-water rescue teams, high-water vehicles and helicopters were standing by in North Carolina, and storm shelters were preparing to accommodate evacuees with at least 115 square feet (10 square meters) per person to assure COVID-19 social distancing. Officials lashed signs to palm trees so they wouldn't blow away.

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

Officials told TCPalm newspapers that 38 people registered at three schools used as shelters. Temperature checks were done at the door, officials said, and isolation rooms were designated in case anyone came in with symptoms.

Isaias did not affect the return home on Sunday of two NASA astronauts, who rode to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's new Crew Dragon.

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