Isaias abandons millions in the dark in Mid-Atlantic and Northeast after rumbling up the East Coast
On Monday night, after crashing on the shore close to the South Carolina-North Carolina border as a Category 1 hurricane, the deathly storm raged up the coast, liberating destructive winds, inundating rains, and damaging tornadoes while swamping few coastal regions.
Until Tuesday evening, the storm’s winds had cut power to beyond 3.5 million customers from North Carolina up till the Northeast. Some of the power cuts could even last days. Particularly cities like New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut were severely affected. Surpassing 500,000 cuts in Connecticut, it ranked as third most on record.
The storm released 90-mph wind blows in the Carolinas, whilst causing a significant storm rise overflow in Myrtle Beach. A tornado in North Carolina killed two people in Bertie County, and the storm even spawned countless twisters in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.
From the Delmarva Peninsula into southern New England, windblow peaked to 60 mph alongside the coast, and 70 mph surrounding New York City, where there was extensive tree damage. Boston stormed to 60 mph.
Large-scale rainfall of three to six inches led to areas of inundation throughout the storm’s track. In eastern Pennsylvania, Allentown experienced its sixth wettest day on record with about five inches of rain. Multiple waterways approached or surpassed record levels.
The storm is predicted to move out of the Northeast on Tuesday night, and enter Canada. Through Tuesday evening, heavy rainfall is anticipated in the inward northeast, from eastern New York into Vermont, where even more waterlogging is likely to happen. In eastern New England, strong to destructive winds also stay put through evening hours.
Tropical storm alerts continue to stay in force from Rhode Island to Maine.
Isaias is still predicted to off-load two to four inches of rain from eastern New York into Vermont, where regions of flooding are possible into the evening. The Catskills, Adirondack, and Green Mountain ranges will be specifically affected by submergence.
By Wednesday morning, the storm should be an issue just for Canada for about two weeks after arriving in the Atlantic from Africa.