Tropical storm expected to bring gusty winds, potential power outages to Maine

Cheryl Sanders
August 5, 2020

The storm now has sustained wind speeds of 70mph (110km/h).

Downed power lines has closed an intersection in Easthampton and has left more than 1,200 homes and businesses without power as Tropical Storm Isaias moves into Western Massachusetts. State and local officials didn't immediately respond to requests for details.

The storm had regained hurricane strength late on Monday just before making landfall in southern North Carolina shortly before midnight.

Storm surges along the eastern seaboard could reach up to 5ft (1.5m) with over 8in (20cm) of rainfall.

The fast-moving storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands and threatened to trigger more tornadoes on Tuesday, with the centre of the storm about 160 km south of Washington as of 8 a.m.

The storm this weekend scraped by Florida and on Monday, its centre remained offshore of SC. The storm uprooted trees, destroyed crops and homes and caused flooding and landslides.

But on Tuesday it created an immediate threat to the US East Coast including the SC tourist resort Myrtle Beach and the North Carolina port city of Wilmington. Tornado warnings are also in effect until Tuesday.

Officials are warning of a potentially more severe outcome in some parts of North and SC, particularly in the stretch from the South Santee River in SC to Surf City, N.C., which are under a hurricane watch.

State officials in regions preparing for hurricanes this season have also been grappling with opening shelters that comply with social distancing regulations.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in North Carolina to free up funds for federal officials to help towns and cities coordinate disaster relief efforts. A wind gust to 64 miles per hour (102 km/h) was recently reported near Bogue, North Carolina. That hasn't been easy. In crowded storm shelters, it may be hard to maintain social distancing to prevent the virus's spread.

"Let's keep each other safe from the wind and water, as well as from the virus".

United States disaster agencies have updated disaster preparedness and evacuation guidance in light of Covid-19.

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