Isaias regained hurricane strength Monday night and appeared headed for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said. It was expected to continue inland up the eastern seaboard with storm warnings in effect as far north as Boston.
The NHC said the storm, centered 55 miles south southeast of Myrtle Beach as of 9 p.m. Monday, was travelling at 18 mph north northeast and had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.
Isaias dumped 2 to 4 inches of rain in South Florida and knocked out power for hundreds as it passed by on Sunday but largely spared the state, which was still seeing twice as many new cases of coronavirus as any other state, according to worldometers.info.
Hurricane warnings were posted from Mytle Beach, South Carolina, to Wilmington, North Carolina, weather.com reported, with storm surges expected from Georgia to Virginia, NPR reported.
“Isaias is expected to bring widespread sustained tropical storm force winds and wind gusts to hurricane force to the mid-Atlantic coast, including portions of the Chesapeake Bay region, on Tuesday, which could cause tree damage and power outages,” the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. update on the storm. “Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread across New England late Tuesday into early Wednesday.”
It added heavy rain was expected to result in flash and urban flooding in the eastern Carolinas, mid-Atlantic and Northeast through Wednesday.
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