Storm Isaias Kills 6 Along US East Coast

Pablo Tucker
August 5, 2020

An eastern Pennsylvania coroner on Wednesday released the name of a woman who died after her vehicle was swept away by floodwaters.

A woman in Mechanicsville, Maryland died when a tree fell onto her auto and another person was killed in the New York City borough of Queens, when winds blew a tree onto his van.

Isaias had sustained previous top winds of up to 65 mph for more than 18 hours after coming ashore.

Environment Canada reported that the storm has been moving north-northeast at a rate of 50 kilometres per hour towards New Brunswick.

As Isaias sped northward, flooding threats followed.

© Ken Blevins, AP People look over their home in Oak Island, N.C. after Hurricane Isaisas came ashore Tuesday night August 4, 2020 in Brunswick County as a category 1 hurricane.

Over the past 12 hours, Isaias has put roughly 1,000 miles of the U.S. East Coast under a storm surge warning, from Folly Beach, S.C., near Charleston, to Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

'It doesn't look real. "Nothing is there", Bertie County Sheriff John Holley told reporters, saying 10 mobile homes had been destroyed. "Pretty much the entire trailer park is gone".

In Mechanicsville, North Carolina, a large tree fell on a auto, killing the driver, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said. A woman in Mechanicsville, Maryland, died when a tree crashed onto her auto during stormy conditions, said Cpl. Isaias is now a tropical storm, after hitting the shore as a hurricane late Monday night.

After it passed from the Caribbean islands, it was downgraded into tropical storm status.

Patrick Foye, chairman of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said more than 2,000 trees fell across the system's train and bus network.

Tropical storm Isaias is blowing through the southern part of Quebec, bringing with it strong winds and heavy rain and causing power outages that have left tens of thousands in the dark.

In the Dominican Republican and Puerto Rico, Isaias killed at least two people.

In Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service. Power outages also spread as trees fell, with more than 2.7 million customers losing electricity across multiple states as of Wednesday morning, according to PowerOutage.US, which tracks utility reports.

Board of Public Utilities President Joe Fiordaliso said crews from Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Washington DC, many midwestern states and Canada were assisting in New Jersey's power restoration process. Bucks County government officials said in a Twitter post that high winds around Doylestown Hospital partially tore the roof off the day care center at Children's Village, a private preschool on the hospital grounds, and overturned and moved around vehicles in the parking lot.

New York City-area airports are recommending travelers check with airlines before arrival. The New Jersey Turnpike banned car-pulled trailers and motorcycles.

Some of the worst damage Tuesday seemed to be east and north of where the hurricane's eye struck land in North Carolina.

However, forecasters say the energy needed to actually trigger such storms is relatively low in that part of the province.

SC also saw crashing waves and destruction at North Myrtle Beach Monday.

"I'm shocked it's still standing", said Dean Burris, who watched from the balcony of a vacation rental.

The National Hurricane Center predicts it will hit between north-eastern SC and southern North Carolina sometime on Monday night.

Cars are buried under the remains of a fallen tree in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn, N.Y., on August 4, 2020.

As it brings perilous amounts of water, the storm is not expected to linger.

"We keep thinking we've learned our lesson", she said.

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