Tropical Storm Warning & Tornado Watch For Today
Direct Impact Unlikely, But Still Fringe Impacts
Tuesday, August 4, 202 11AM Update: Isaias a tropical storm with sustained winds of 70MPH and gusts to 90MPH. The storm made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach in NC last night. Isaias is continuing to gain forward speed and moving NNE at 35MPH.
The forecast cone has become more narrow and remains well west of our area. That just means that the center of Isaias will likely cross areas to our west and we end up slightly farther away from the worst of the impacts, but some rain and gusty winds are still expected here in our area. At this point, the heaviest of rain looks to fall to our west but tropical downpours and storms can be expected in SNE beginning Tuesday afternoon and continuing through the evening. Rain forecast models indicating around .5″ of rain for much of the area, lesser amounts farthest east.
Strong, gusty winds will be expected to pick up Tuesday evening and overnight. Sustained winds 25-35 MPH with 40-50 MPH wind gusts expected. Power outages, branches/trees down, and some wind damage in spots. There is a risk for isolated tornadoes. The winds should back off fairly quickly into Wednesday.\
A TORNADO WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE ENTIRE AREA UNTIL 9PM:
High surf and potential coastal/tidal flooding. Any further change in the forecast cone would require an adjustment to the potential impacts. Although unlikely, a shift or track more East of the cone would once again increase our chances of a higher impact event.
A Tropical Storm Warning remains for all of Southern New England. Also, a Coastal Flood Advisory has been issued for this evenings high tide cycle.
Stay with ABC6 for the latest updates. This web article will be updated with future Isaias related forecast information for our area.
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