8/4/20: ISAIAS UPDATE: STORM NOW IN VIRGINIA, HEADING UP INT. 95 CORRIDOR; EFFECTS MILD FOR OUTER BANKS. (Southern Shores Recycling Pickup Rescheduled to Thursday.)


After making landfall at 11:10 p.m. yesterday at Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., near the South Carolina border, a hurricane-strengthened Isaias moved inland, staying well clear of the Outer Banks coastline.

Ocean Isle Beach is a community of 8,000 people, according to The Weather Channel. It is located an hour’s drive south of the Wilmington-Wrightsville Beach area and just 22 miles north of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. When Isaias came ashore at Ocean Isle, it had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, making it a Category One hurricane.

The Outer Banks did not experience the heavy rainfall and high winds that had been forecasted. We have not learned yet of any damage in Southern Shores or in any other Dare County beach towns.

[UPDATE: Dare County Emergency Management posted Isaias Bulletin #6 about its initial damage assessment after we posted our blog. DCEM reports scattered power outages on the Outer Banks and some soundside flooding. See https://www.darenc.com/Home/Components/News/News/6526/398.%5D

The Outer Banks remains under a tropical storm warning and a storm surge warning “until further notice,” according to the National Hurricane Center. The Weather Channel reported this morning that it would be “breezy for the next couple of hours” in our area.

The local forecast calls for a partly cloudy day, with a high temperature in the upper 80s, and no rain. The winds will be from the southwest at 15 to 20 mph.

The only notification so far today by the Town of Southern Shores has been a rescheduling of the curbside recycling pickup from tomorrow to Thursday. The Town canceled yesterday today’s 5:30 p.m. Town Council meeting.

At 8 a.m., the National Hurricane Center reported that Isaias, which has weakened to a tropical storm again, was 15 miles south-southeast of Tappahannock, Va., and moving rapidly north-northeast at 33 mph. It has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

The center of Isaias is expected to pass through Philadelphia at noon and New York City at 4 p.m. as it travels the Interstate-95 corridor today, exiting Maine by tomorrow morning  at the latest. It brings with it a threat of heavy rains, damaging winds, tornadoes, and coastal flooding.

Governor Roy Cooper announced that one person died in Windsor when a tornado associated with Isaias hit a mobile-home park around 1 a.m. today. A number of other residents of the park also were reportedly injured.

Windsor is in Bertie County, between Edenton and Williamston, along U.S. Highway 17, which the National Weather Service identified yesterday as a high-risk area in Eastern North Carolina for flash flooding and strong tropical-storm force winds.

The Beacon would appreciate hearing from people about any damage that they observed or learned about as a result of Isaias. Please post your comments on the blog or on the Facebook page. We will do our own assessment later in the day.

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 8/4/20

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