After crashing ashore near the South Carolina-North Carolina border as a Category 1 hurricane Monday night, the deadly storm roared up the coast, unleashing damaging winds, flooding rains and destructive tornadoes while inundating some coastal areas.

As of Tuesday evening, the storm’s winds had cut power to more than 3.5 million customers from North Carolina to the Northeast. Some of the outages could last days. New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut were particularly hard hit. The more than 500,000 outages in Connecticut ranked as third most on record.

The storm unleashed 90-mph wind gusts in the Carolinas, while causing historic storm surge inundation in Myrtle Beach. A tornado in North Carolina killed two people in Bertie County, and the storm spawned numerous twisters in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.

From the Delmarva Peninsula into southern New England, winds gusts topped 60 mph along the coast, and even 70 mph around the New York City area, where there was widespread tree damage. Boston gusted to 60 mph.

Widespread rainfall of three to six inches caused areas of flooding all along the storm’s path. In eastern Pennsylvania, Allentown had its sixth wettest day on record with nearly five inches of rain. Several waterways neared or surpassed record levels.

The storm is forecast to exit the Northeast on Tuesday night, entering Canada. Through Tuesday evening, heavy rainfall is expected in the interior northeast, from eastern New York into Vermont, where more flooding is likely. In eastern New England, strong to damaging winds also remain possible through the evening hours.

Tropical-storm warnings remain in effect from Rhode Island to Maine.

August 4, 2020 at 5:07 PM EDT

Isaias to reach southern Canada tonight, after hasty transit up East Coast

The 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows Tropical Storm Isaias speeding through New York state, with only several more hours before it crosses the Canadian border. But it will still produce some turbulent weather in the Northeast well into the evening.

Centered 20 miles west of Albany, it’s racing north-northeastward at 40 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. Tropical storm warnings remain in effect from the central coast of New Jersey to Maine.

Isaias is still expected to unload two to four inches of rain from eastern New York into Vermont, where areas of flooding are likely into the evening. The Catskills, Adirondack and Green Mountain ranges will be particularly susceptible to flooding.

Tropical-storm-force winds may persist in eastern New England for several more hours, while water rises of one to two feet above normal are possible along the coast.

By Wednesday morning, the storm should be a problem only for Canada, nearly two weeks after entering the Atlantic from Africa.

August 4, 2020 at 4:59 PM EDT

Destructive winds push into interior of New England, felling trees and power lines

Barely two hours after destructive wind gusts tore through New York City, the Big Apple was enjoying sunshine and picturesque blue skies shortly after 4 p.m., but winds were staying gusty.

Meanwhile, the same channel of ferocious winds that struck New York earlier has plowed east, across southern New England.

At 4:22 p.m., Islip, N.Y., clocked a 69-mph wind gust. In most locales, the worst of the winds will last just two to three hours, though the impacts in the form of power outages could last days. A 60-mph wind gust was reported in Oxford, Conn., at 2:58 p.m., while Bridgeport, Conn., also saw a gust to 60 mph.

In Wethersfield, Conn., an apartment building was partially stripped of its roof as the high winds blew through, with reports of utility poles and wires down across Hartford. A tree also fell onto a house in Wethersfield, in an area that had been placed under a tornado warning. At least 300,000 Connecticut residents were without power, according to PowerOutage. Us.

Those strong winds also extended up into the Worcester Hills of Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut. At 3:55 p.m., a wind gust of 63 mph was reported in Milford, Mass.

Three out of four lanes of traffic on North Main Street in Providence, R.I., were blocked by fallen trees. Doppler radar depicted the strong winds working into the Boston-to-Providence Interstate 95 corridor around 4:30 p.m., accompanied by fierce squalls that carried the threat of spinning up brief tornadoes. Winds could still gust up to 60 mph, especially in southern areas, but gusts should gradually decrease farther east.

A strip of gusty winds, potentially between 45 and 55 mph, also was moving into northern New England.

In addition, heavy rain was falling in Upstate New York northward into Vermont, with flash flooding likely, as has been observed farther southwest, into Pennsylvania.

By Matthew Cappucci
August 4, 2020 at 4:23 PM EDT

Two killed as Isaias slams into the Carolinas, causes tornadoes, flooding

NEW BERN, N.C. — Tropical Storm Isaias slammed into the Carolinas on Tuesday and quickly moved up the Eastern Seaboard, flooding coastal regions, spawning tornadoes and leaving at least two people dead, officials said.

They died when a tornado ripped through a mobile home park around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in Bertie County, a marshy, low-lying area in the northeastern part of North Carolina, turning the Cedar Landing neighborhood into a debris field. A dozen people in the county were taken to a hospital with storm-related injuries, county officials said in a statement, and at least 10 others were taken to shelters.

Teams from the county and around the state were still trying to rescue storm victims Tuesday, officials said, and urged other residents to stay home.

Read more here.

By Maria Sacchetti
August 4, 2020 at 3:37 PM EDT

More than 2 million without power as Isaias heads into New England

More than 2 million customers are without power, with about a million of them in New Jersey, as Tropical Storm Isaias races north.

As of midafternoon Tuesday, 2,418,264 outages had been reported across eight states: North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.

New Jersey was the most severely affected. Power outages were concentrated in the southern half of the state earlier in the day but had spread throughout by the afternoon as the storm moved north.

In Virginia, more than 295,000 power outages were reported early in the afternoon. By midafternoon, some power had been restored and the number stood at about 230,000.

The greatest impact in the commonwealth was in southeastern Virginia, which bore the brunt of the tropical storm’s 70 mph sustained winds and downpours as it left North Carolina. Dominion Energy reported that about 510 customers were without power in Northern Virginia, near D.C. — down from 3,200 earlier in the day.

The Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative reported about 15,300 utility customers were without power, while Pepco said 570 customers were without power in D.C. and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, a decline from 1,160.

Local fire and police departments in the Washington region, along with public works agencies, worked Monday to prepare for the storm.

The storm made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane at 11:10 p.m. and blasted the length of the coastline with fierce winds. Winds were gusting well into tropical-storm range in parts of North Carolina on Tuesday morning, with 54 mph recorded in Elizabeth City.

By Dana Hedgpeth, Brittany Shammas and Andrew Freedman
August 4, 2020 at 3:17 PM EDT

The moody, windy streets of New York during Isaias

Near the East River waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, trees on both the ground and in rooftop gardens flail around as if they’re trying not to get uprooted.

Half a tree has cracked off from its trunk and is lying in the sidewalk. Wooden picnic tables set up in street parking places for outdoor dining have been blown akimbo around the pavement.

The Williamsburg bridge is shrouded in fog. The rain has stopped but the wind still whistles loudly through the windows of a relatively short high rise. It feels like being inside the mansion in “Clue” on a dark, stormy night, trying to figure out which one among your number is the murderer.

By Jada Yuan
August 4, 2020 at 3:04 PM EDT

Intense winds heading into southern New England

A band of strong to damaging winds was moving into southern New England on Tuesday afternoon, with the potential to down trees and cause power outages.

The strong winds, which had made it to places like Bridgeport and New Haven by 2:30 p.m., will arrive in southeastern Connecticut around 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Near the coastline, gusts topping 65 mph will be frequent. Farther inland into the Berkshires and the Worcester Hills of central and western Massachusetts, gusts of 60 mph are possible too — but with slightly lesser frequency. In those areas, it will take bursts of heavy rain in feeder bands and squalls to “mix down” some of the stronger winds.

Southeastern and eastern Massachusetts, as well as Rhode Island, will see gusts up to 50 mph, the core of the strongest winds largely in areas to the west.

The winds will increase abruptly in a region of the storm mostly devoid of rain. In fact, it’s the sinking motion of dry air toward the middle of the storm that is helping to transport strong winds to the surface.

By Matthew Cappucci
August 4, 2020 at 3:03 PM EDT

Tracking Tropical Storm Isaias

Tropical Storm Isaias is racing to the northeast, embedded within a powerful jet stream in the upper levels of the atmosphere. The storm is bringing with it the threat of tornadoes, coastal flooding and other hazards. Track the storm using our map, updated automatically with every National Hurricane Center update.

Remarkably, the storm is expected to make it from the border between North and South Carolina to the Canadian border in just 24 hours, accelerating as it moves north.

By Andrew Freedman
August 4, 2020 at 2:43 PM EDT

Roof partially ripped off hospital in Doylestown, Pa.

A probable tornado on Tuesday tore part of the roof off Doylestown Hospital in Bucks County, Pa., about 35 miles north of Philadelphia.

According to the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia, a section of the damaged roof houses a child-care center. No injuries were reported.

“Hospital officials tell Eyewitness News the children in the daycare are sheltered and are being moved to Lenape Jr. High School to reunite with family,” the CBS affiliate wrote.

Video from the adjacent parking lot showed several flipped cars, some stacked atop other cars.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center had logged at least seven reports of tornadoes on Tuesday in Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. On Monday, it compiled 18 additional tornado reports, mostly from North Carolina and Virginia.

Here are some more images of storm damage in Doylestown:

By Jason Samenow
August 4, 2020 at 2:24 PM EDT

Fatality, damage reported in New York; JFK Airport clocks 70-mph wind gust

New Yorkers were urged to remain indoors by the National Weather Service early Tuesday afternoon as a band of damaging winds associated with Tropical Storm Isaias raced north.

At least one fatality has already been reported due to the strong winds. A person in Queens was killed when a tree fell onto their vehicle amid wind gusts to 75 mph.

Winds at New York’s JFK Airport gusted to 70 mph, while a private weather station in Battery Park reported a 78-mph gust. An official observation station in Farmingdale on Long Island also recorded a gust of 78 mph. At LaGuardia Airport, a wind gust of 69 mph was recorded.

Upon the onset of damaging winds, the National Weather Service in New York encouraged residents to hunker down in the lowest floor of a building.

“If in a place that is near large trees, in a mobile home, upper floors of a high rise building, or on a boat, consider moving to a safer shelter,” wrote the National Weather Service.

The burst of serious winds, the result of Isaias’s interaction with the jet stream, will remain ferocious at times in the Big Apple through at least 5 or 6 p.m., with improvement thereafter.

Here are some scenes from New York City and neighboring New Jersey …

By Matthew Cappucci
August 4, 2020 at 2:03 PM EDT

Two dead, several unaccounted for after tornado hits eastern North Carolina

At least two people were killed and several others remain unaccounted for after a tornado struck Bertie County, N.C., overnight.

The tornado, spawned by a rain band associated with Tropical Storm Isaias, touched down near Morning Road in the town of Windsor, striking the Cedar Landing mobile home park and killing at least two people, officials said. Twelve people were taken to hospitals with storm-related injuries, and 10 others were rescued and taken to local shelters.

“Our hearts are heavy as we continue to survey damage and get the big picture about what transpired, and just how many were impacted,” Bertie County Commission Chair Ron Wesson said in a news release.

At 1:10 a.m., the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Va., issued a tornado warning for Windsor.

“That storm went through just after 1 o’clock this morning,” said Mike Montefusco, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wakefield. He said that airborne debris was evident on radar, indicating that a tornado had hit something.

“We did have some radar-confirmed evidence,” Montefusco said. “It did move through a trailer home community south of the community of Windsor. We are in the process of collecting information, and obviously throughout the rest of the week we’ll be conducting surveys.”

Bertie County authorities said emergency crews arrived at the scene before the storm passed, battling winds, rain, downed trees and darkness to answer calls for help. The area was still being searched as of Tuesday afternoon, with the number of damaged homes still unknown.

“We want to emphasize that this is not a recovery mission, and rescues are still taking place, which is why it is increasingly important to steer clear of the area,” said Mitch Cooper, the county’s emergency management director.

The tornadic thunderstorm was one of four tornado-warned areas of rotation lined up west to east that affected northeastern North Carolina shortly before 2 a.m.

Tornadoes produced by the storms may have been moving at up to 50 mph, making warnings and taking shelter difficult. At least a third of all tornado fatalities in the United States occur in mobile homes.

By Matthew Cappucci, Andrew Freedman and Brittany Shammas
August 4, 2020 at 1:44 PM EDT

Tornado watch issued for New England, after swarm of twisters in Mid-Atlantic

After an outbreak of tornadoes riddled the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic late Monday into Tuesday, tornado watches were hoisted for portions of the Northeast and southern New England. The latest tornado watch issued, in effect until 9 p.m., covers Boston, Hartford, and Providence, as dangerous supercell thunderstorms induced by Isaias zip north.

A tornado watch issued earlier, in effect until 4 p.m., covers northeast New Jersey, southern New York, including New York City, and southern Connecticut.

A band of rotating thunderstorms were sweeping into the New York City area shortly after 1 p.m. and could pose the risk of a few spin-up tornadoes. The Big Apple’s tornado risk should diminish after 2:30 p.m. as the area of concern shifts farther east toward Long Island and Connecticut.

The same band of thunderstorms could produce localized wind gusts between 60 and 80 mph. The storms line a sharpening cold front ahead of a “dry slot” sweeping into Isaias.

Individual rotating thunderstorms could also feature wind gusts to 80 mph as “inflow” surges into circulations.

The risk for tornadoes and damaging winds will rotate north into most of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and southern New Hampshire along the seacoast by mid- to late afternoon. An isolated tornado can’t be ruled out in coastal Maine, but the threat level is comparatively low.

National Weather Service offices issued approximately 100 tornado warnings as Isaias moved up the Eastern Seaboard.

By Matthew Cappucci
August 4, 2020 at 1:29 PM EDT

A waterspout spun into a weather station, which recorded a rare 109-mph gust

While Tropical Storm Isaias resulted in widespread damaging winds across the Mid-Atlantic, including a gust to 68 mph at Dewey Beach and 71 mph at Grasonville, Md., the strongest gust resulted from an unusual circumstance.

A waterspout — a tornado over the water — came ashore in Long Beach Island in Surf, N.J., running right into a weather station. The rare sampling of a tornado’s winds (getting observations close to, or inside tornadoes is what many storm researchers aim to do in the Plains each severe season) yielded a gust to 109 mph!

The buoy was smacked by a waterspout at 10:53 a.m. as tornadic thunderstorms blasted onshore into the Garden State.

The onshore winds resulted in storm surge flooding along the New Jersey shore, with Ship John Shoal, N.J., recording a storm surge of 3.2 feet during the late morning high tide. In Atlantic City, the surge reached 2.7 feet. Elevated water levels were also measured in the Chesapeake Bay, where Soloman’s Island, Md., reported a 2.2 foot surge.

By Matthew Cappucci and Andrew Freedman
August 4, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT

High winds buffeting New York City

The National Weather Service office serving New York City has issued a special weather statement warning of damaging winds entering all five boroughs through 2 p.m.

“Sustained winds of 40-50 mph with gusts to 60 mph are being observed along the central New Jersey coast. These winds will overspread the area through 2 p.m. For your protection, move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. If in a place that is near large trees, in a mobile home, upper floors of a high-rise building, or on a boat, consider moving to a safer shelter before the onset of strong wind,” the statement said.

The city itself did not have sustained winds that strong in past tropical storms, such as T.S. Irene in 2011, but had higher gusts during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Storm damage reports coming into the NWS included several reports of tree limbs falling on parked cars in Queens and Brooklyn, and New York’s JFK International Airport reported sustained winds of 40 mph gusting to 53, while La Guardia Airport recorded a wind gust to 60 mph during the past hour.

By Andrew Freedman
August 4, 2020 at 12:04 PM EDT

High risk of flash flooding in northeast Pennsylvania, southern New York

At midday Tuesday, flash-flood warnings spanned from Baltimore to Allentown, Pa., as Isaias barreled into the northern Mid-Atlantic. The National Weather Service expressed particular concern about flooding in the zone including northeastern Pennsylvania, northwestern New Jersey and southern New York state. There, it declared a rare “high risk” of excessive rainfall.

In a special bulletin, it wrote: “Flash flooding is highly likely, with some of it significant, and potentially life-threatening. Most impacted areas are the many metro areas of eastern PA, the Catskills and the southern Adirondacks later this afternoon.”

It predicted two to four inches of rain and localized amounts up to six inches with “extremely heavy rainfall rates of 2 to 3 inches/hr.”

Former hurricanes have a history of producing devastating flooding in the Northeast. In 2011, the remnants of Irene unloaded rainfall that pushed 26 rivers to all-time high-water marks, and more than 40 people died in the flooding.