Tropical Storm Isaias Threatens Northeast With Downpours, High-powered Winds Likened to Superstorm Sandy
Hurricane Isaias made landfall in North Carolina late Monday and was downgraded to a tropical storm on Tuesday morning — but those throughout the east coast should still expect flooding and high-powered winds as it makes its way north.
The storm lead to heavy rainfall and initially sustained winds up to 85 mph, The Weather Channel reported. Areas spanning from Maryland to Delaware are under a tornado watch.
Over 750,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware also lost power.
The storm is expected to race through the northeast with rainfall and winds up to 60 mph and make its way to Canada by Wednesday morning.
Tropical storm warnings are also in effect for Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston. New York may see winds as strong as those from 2012's Superstorm Sandy, CNN reported.
"The wind and flooding impacts from Isaias will be similar to what the city has seen from some of the strongest coastal storms," such as nor'easters," Head meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in New York, Ross Dickman, told CNN. "But we haven't seen one this strong in many years."
The storm first hit the Bahamas but lost strength as it moved toward South Florida on Sunday, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Isaias never made landfall in Florida but did succeed in knocking out power along the state’s east coast.
It is the earliest recorded named ninth Atlantic tropical cyclone.
Airlines have issued travel waivers for flights impacted by the storm. Delta Air Lines warned its flights to and from several cities, including Charleston and Savannah, may be affected and allowed customers to reschedule without a fee for a later date or cancel and receive future credit.