Hurricane watch, storm surge warning issued for coastal NC areas as Isaias strengthens

Hurricane Isaias
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Isaias became a tropical storm on Saturday afternoon and is expected to become a hurricane again early Sunday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of the Sunday 8 p.m. advisory, the storm is about 55 miles east-southeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida moving northwest at 9 mph.

It has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

Isaias will produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening flash flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas, across south to east-central Florida and across the Carolinas to the mid-Atlantic.

Minor river flooding is possible across portions of the Carolinas and into Virginia early next week.

Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency in North Carolina on Friday in preparation for the storm

North Carolinians could be most impacted by Isaias on Monday and Tuesday due to heavy rains and rip currents along the coast, Cooper said.

As of right now, it appears likely that we could see some rain Monday and Tuesday in the Piedmont. 

This rain will be both from Isaias and from a cold front/upper trough that will be close by.

By Tuesday, conditions will rapidly improve as Isaias zips up to the northeast. 

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The Hurricane Warning along the east coast of Florida has been replaced with a Tropical Storm Warning.

The Tropical Storm Warning has been extended northward along the southeast United States coast to South Santee River South Carolina.

A Storm Surge Watch has been issued from Edisto Beach South Carolina northward to Cape Fear North Carolina.

The Tropical Storm Watch has been extended northward to Surf City, North Carolina.

The Tropical Storm Warning along the coast of Florida has been discontinued south of Hallandale Beach.


A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • South Santee River, South Carolina to Surf City

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • Cape Fear to Duck
  • Pamlico Sound
  • Albemarle Sounds

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Sebastian Inlet, Florida to Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina
  • Wilmington
  • Jacksonville
  • Savannah
  • Port. St Lucie

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect:

  • Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina to Watch Hill, Rhode Island
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
  • Raleigh
  • Fayetteville
  • Cary
  • Greenville
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Tidal Potomac River
  • Delaware Bay
  • Long Island and Long Island Sound

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