Hurricane Isaias landed in North Carolina on Monday night after escalating into a Category 1 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
The storm landed near Ocean Isle Beach, NC around 11:10 p.m., with sustained winds of 85 mph. The NHC warned oceanfront residents to prepare for storm surges of up to 5 feet and up to 8 inches of rain as they move along the coast.
“All of these rains could result in flash floods in parts of the eastern Caroline Islands, the mid-Atlantic and the northeastern United States,” said Daniel Brown, senior hurricane specialist at the NHC.
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The NHC said that strong winds and rainfall are likely in these areas during the day on Tuesday.
The video recorded on Twitter showed strong winds that struck the area of North Myrtle Beach, SC, which is about 20 miles southwest of where the hurricane landed.
Authorities in the city ordered swimmers to step out of the water to avoid rough surfing and strong currents, and electricity flickered in beach hotels as night fell. A pier in Myrtle Beach had the third highest water level since its inception in 1976.
Isaias (pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs) was expanded again from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane late Monday evening. As of 11:00 p.m., the storm was centered about 40 miles east-northeast of Myrtle Beach and was moving northeast at 22 miles an hour.
Hurricane conditions are also spreading along the coast of Eastern South Carolina and Southeastern North Carolina. A hurricane warning was issued from the South Santee River in South Carolina to Surf City, NC. The Hurricane Center said it expected the storm to land near southern North Carolina in early Tuesday.
There is also a potential risk of tornadoes from east Virginia to the northeast in the south of New England on Tuesday, according to the NHC.
Meanwhile, a storm surge warning from Ocracoke Inlet to Oregon Inlet NC applies. The warning means that there is a risk of life-threatening flooding if rising water flows from the coast inland.
“This is a life-threatening situation,” said the NHC. “People in these areas should take all necessary measures to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Immediately follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.”
President Donald Trump described Isaias as “very serious” on Monday.
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“Storm surges and inland flooding are possible and everyone must remain vigilant until it’s over,” Trump said.
The hurricane season has come at a time when many people in the southeast are already affected by the outbreak of the corona virus.
Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina warned residents Monday that the storm, regardless of its strength, could be dangerous. He urged the evacuees to turn to emergency shelters as a last resort, citing the risk of coronavirus and the need to operate emergency shelters with reduced capacity to facilitate social detachment.
“Whether it’s a tropical storm or a hurricane, you should take this storm seriously and make sure your family is ready,” Cooper said.
As the storm winds up the coast, New York and western New England are expected to get up to 6 inches of rain. New York City is preparing for likely floods by building barriers to protect the South Street Seaport.
“I want to encourage all New Yorkers [to] Take this storm seriously, ”said Mayor de Blasio at a press conference on the water on Monday. “Please take precautions. Please take care of your neighbors. If someone needs help, make sure you are there for them because something like this is quick and people have to be ready. “
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Isaiah killed two people in the Caribbean and roughed up the Bahamas, but remained at sea when they passed Florida over the weekend.
Nick Givas of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report