Tracking the Tropics: Hurricane warning issued for parts of the Carolinas as Isaias moves north

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tropical Storm Isaias is forecast to become a hurricane when it reaches the Carolinas on Monday, the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center says.

A Hurricane Warning had been issued for parts of South Carolina and North Carolina.

“We are forecasting it to become a hurricane before it reaches the coast this evening,” U.S. National Hurricane Center’s senior hurricane specialist Daniel Brown said. “It’s forecast to produce a dangerous storm surge, of 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 meters) in portions of North and South Carolina.”

Isaias — pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs — could bring heavy rains, too — up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) in spots as it moves up the coast, Brown said.

The storm was centered about 180 miles to the south-southwest of Myrtle Beach at 2 p.m. EDT, though conditions were expected to worsen as Isaias picked up speed and marched northward.

“All those rains could produce flash flooding across portions of eastern Carolinas and mid-Atlantic, and even in the northeast U.S.,” he said.

Isaias was still a tropical storm at 2 p.m. with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, but it was expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane later Monday, with winds of 74 mph or more.

Isaias killed two people in the Caribbean and roughed up the Bahamas but remained at sea as it brushed past Florida over the weekend, providing some welcome relief to emergency managers who had to accommodate mask-wearing evacuees in storm shelters.

The center of Isaias remained well offshore as it passed Georgia’s coast on Monday but will move inland Monday night over eastern North Carolina and along the coast of mid-Atlantic states on Tuesday into the northeastern United States by Tuesday night.

Below are the current watches and warnings in place:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:

  • Edisto Beach South Carolina to Cape Fear North Carolina

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • Cape Fear to Duck North Carolina
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • South Santee River South Carolina to Surf City North Carolina

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Flagler/Volusia County Line Florida to South Santee River
    South Carolina
  • North of Surf City North Carolina to west of Watch Hill Rhode
    Island
  • Chesapeake Bay south of North Beach
  • Tidal Potomac River south of Cobb Island
  • Delaware Bay
  • Long Island and Long Island Sound
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • Watch Hill Rhode Island to Stonington, Maine
  • Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Block Island

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