Tue, 22 Sep 2020

Isaias Blasts US Atlantic Coast

Voice of America
05 Aug 2020, 10:05 GMT+10

Tropical Storm Isaias is tearing across central New York state and New England after quickly moving through the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., leaving at least four dead.

The National Hurricane Center has posted tropical storm warnings from Manasquan Inlet New Jersey to Stonington, Maine, Long Island and Long Island Sound, and Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Block Island.

Isaias is forecast to bring heavy rain, strong winds, and possible tornadoes to areas that rarely see twisters.

Isaias came ashore in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, on Monday night as a Category 1 hurricane and quickly moved up the coast, losing some force as it drifted inland, but leaving behind floods, downed trees and power outages.

Isaias spawned a tornado that killed two in Windsor, North Carlina.

A woman in Mechanicsville, Maryland, died when a tree fell onto her car and another person was killed in the New York City borough of Queens, when winds blew a tree onto his van.

Tornadoes were also reported in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia. Several children received minor injuries when high winds blew the roof off a day care center in Philadelphia.

Forecasters say Isaias will rapidly lose steam as it moves farther inland and will weaken to a post-tropical depression as it blows into Canada late Tuesday night.

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