Monday, 03 August 2020 23:24

Hurricane Isaias makes landfall on Carolina coast

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ROCKINGHAM — Hurricane Isaias just landfall on the North Carolina coast just north of the South Carolina border.

WCNC Meteorologist Brad Panovich posted on his Facebook page that the storm, upgraded to a hurricane again late Monday, was made landfall at 11:10 p.m. around Ocean Isle Beach in Brunswick County.

There are reports that a possible tornado tore the roof off of a house in Bald Head Island, according to the NWS update at 9 p.m.

Richmond County remains under a flash flood watch until 2 p.m. Tuesday, with 2-4 inches of rain expected to fall as the storm continues its northward track.

The strongest winds will be along and east of U.S. 1, according to the NWS.

In Richmond County, forecasters say sustained winds will be around 14 mph with gusts up to 23 mph.

The most likely area for tornadoes is around the Interstate 95 corridor. Wind gusts along the U.S. 17 corridor could reach 72-75 mph.

According to the 11 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center:

“Isaias is moving toward the north-northeast near 22 mph (35 km/h), and this  general motion accompanied by a gradual increase in forward speed is expected through tonight followed by a further increase in the forward speed on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will make landfall in southern North Carolina during the next hour or two, then move across eastern North Carolina for the rest of the night. The center (will) move near or along the coast of the mid-Atlantic states on Tuesday, and continue across the northeastern United States Tuesday night.”

According to the NHS, hurricane-force winds extend 25 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds may be felt up to 125 miles out.

The storm is expected to continue up the Atlantic seaboard over the next several days.