TROPICAL Storm Isaias is smashing parts of the East Coast and bringing tornadoes with it as it continues to head north.
The storm left a trail of wreckage in its wake as it made landfall in North Carolina as a hurricane, with its strong wind gusts tossing boats against docks and displacing a still growing number of people due to floods and fires.
At least one person is dead after the storm's tornado's hit a mobile home park in Windsor, North Carolina. Bertie County Sheriff John Holley told reporters 10 homes were destroyed and authorities were looking for missing people as they aided the dozens injured.
"It doesn’t look real, it looks like something on TV. Nothing is there," Holley told the AP. "All my officers are down there at this time. Pretty much the entire trailer park is gone."
North Carolinians had a rude wake-up call when the hurricane's eye made landfall just after 11pm last night over Ocean Isle Beach, bringing with it 85 MPH winds.
Oceanside dwellers could expect a storm surge of up to five feet and even eight inches of rainfall in some spots, the Hurricane Center warned.
Forecasters tout fears of hurricane-force gusts returning in the Chesapeake Bay region as Isaias moves north, bringing with it tropical storm conditions across New England Tuesday.
Updating the public with the storm's wild trajectory, the National Hurricane Center last warned on social media "Isaias poses a significant risk of life-threatening flash and urban flooding from heavy rainfall for areas along and just west of the I-95 corridor through tonight, from northern Virginia into upstate New York."
Hurricane specialist Robbie Berg said the storm will continue well into this week.
"We don’t think there is going to be a whole lot of weakening, we still think there’s going to be very strong and gusty winds that will affect much of the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast over the next day or two."
The storm has already left mass devastation in its path north, having killed two people in the Caribbean and wrecking the Bahamas before it touched Florida. Isaias, spawning multiple tornados, caused over 700,000 customers to lose electricity as it downed trees that hit power lines in North Carolina and Virginia. More tornados are expected to hit Kilmarnock, Virginia and Vienna, Maryland.
The weather service also said most of Isaias' damages come east and north it where its eye struck land. Tuesday morning's sight in North Carolina saw hundreds of people raking debris and picking up whatever they could salvage. Authorities in the state's Oak Island had to rescue five adults and three children after the storm touched land, which damaged the waterfront and completely rendered electricity and sewer facilities useless.
In Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, five home caught fire, and dozens of others were flooded. Mayor Debbie Smith told WECT-TV many hunkered down as they believed Isaias would remain a tropical storm as it was originally categorized. Some firefighters from Horry County, South Carolina, crossed state lines to help with the storm, spokesperson Tony Casey told the AP.
As the storm made its way north, 30 more people were displaced from Surf City, North Carolina just as dozens of homes were damaged by falling trees in Suffolk, Virginia. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, experienced its third-highest water level since it began recording water levels in 1976, with 1989's Hurricane Hugo and 2016's Hurricane Matthew sending more water inland.
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