From 11pm, Isaias has become a post-tropical cyclone as strong tropical winds will continue over New England for the next few hours. The cyclone moves at 38 km / h and has a maximum retaining wind of 45 mph.
Storm damage over North Carolina
Isaias brought dangerous winds, heavy rain and storm surges to various areas from the coast all the way into central North Carolina. The town of Oak Island, which is close to where Isaias landed, suffered significant damage, according to a post on social media by city officials.
Oak Island suffered significant damage along the beach during Hurricane Isaias. The staff has worked to respond to emergency calls and review injuries, and the injury assessment group will also be out this morning. (1of 2)
– Town of Oak Island (@OakIsland_Town) August 4, 2020
On Tuesday afternoon, residents of Oak Island were allowed to evacuate, and officials said no tools would be available until Friday.
The National Guard evacuated everyone from Oak Island on Tuesday afternoon.
Josh Chapin of ABC11 spoke with Oak Island residents after the storm.
Rusty Newsome has lived on Oak Island for 12 years and had her grandson sleep in the tub overnight on Monday because “it got really hairy.”
“We stayed through many a number one or low number two and this was much stronger than a number one,” Newsome said. “It was completely different from the usual number we have put through.”
“We were blessed,” Newsome said. “Our pool was filled with a lot of rubbish and the garden and everything and we got $ 200 in damage but we were blessed compared to the people here.”
According to Governor Roy Cooper, the storm created several tornadoes. At least two people died from these tornadoes in Bertie County.
The heaviest rain so far was about 5 inches in the Wilmington area. Isaias dropped between 1-3 inches across the rest of central and eastern North Carolina.
On Ocean Isle, several houses caught fire shortly after Hurricane Isaias hit land.
SE: The mayor of Ocean Isle discusses Isaiah’s landfall with ABC11
From kl. At 1:50 p.m., there were more than 224,000 people in North Carolina without power. Click here for the latest on power outages.
The week ahead
The rest of Tuesday looks beautiful, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 80’s.
For the rest of the week, the temperature stays in the upper 80s and there is a chance of scattered storms, as the same weather pattern that drove Isaias out of our area will continue to cause atmospheric disturbances over North Carolina, which may develop into storms.
Drone video shows boats piled up at Southport Marina after Isaias
The only bells and whistles left are for floods. Click here to see the latest weather advice.
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Federal government officials respond to storm clearance
In a news conference Tuesday, Prime Minister Roy Cooper said President Donald Trump had promised to send federal aid for the storm to clean up. Head of Emergency Management Mike Sprayberry said that once local officials have been able to complete disaster assessments, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be able to decide whether to issue a federal disaster declaration.
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Sprayberry said 24 emergency services were opened across the state Monday night through Tuesday morning, where 40 people live. “Many people followed the advice to stay with family or friends,” Sprayberry said.
Overall, Cooper praised local officials and North Carolina for taking the threat of the storm seriously.
“In North Carolina, we do not have the luxury of sitting back to see how the hurricane season goes,” Cooper said, noting in particular the work of the emergency management team as they prepared for a hurricane during a pandemic. “I am grateful for their work and pray that we do not have to see it in action again this year.”
Cooper also urged residents and visitors to keep social distance requirements in mind while helping neighbors clean up damage from the storm.
“Our state has recovered from some severe storms during the year. As we pick up the pieces today, let’s take advantage of the spirit of recovery resilience that has taken us through tough times in the past,” Cooper said.
Cooper is scheduled to tour storm damage in Bertie County Wednesday morning.
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