Hurricane Christian brings tornado, fire, flood, widespread power outage to east coast

Tropical Storm Christians caused storm and dusty rain on Tuesday during an inland march across the US East Coast after making landfall as a storm in North Carolina, where it blew boats against boats and caused flooding and fire. Dozens of people were displaced and at least one person was killed. It died when one of its twin brothers set fire to a mobile home park and caused a problem with a nuclear power plant.

Local officials said a tornado touched down in a mobile home park in Bertie County, North Carolina, killing at least one and leaving several people missing.

The storm crossed land as a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph after 11 pm.

Isaias (pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs) was again upgraded to a Category 1 by a tropical storm on Monday evening. Its maximum sustained winds fell after it hit land at a minimum-stormy speed of 75 mph with high speed. And by 3 pm, it was back in a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

Royce Potter, a fifth-generation seafood enthusiast and owner of Potter’s Seafood in Southport, said he predictably drove the storm to a boat near his business, as his area would be spared.

“They got it wrong,” he said, visually shaken. “I’ve roasted hurricanes here for years.”

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Boats are stacked at each other at Southport Marina after the effects of Hurricane Isas in Southport, NC, Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

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According to the National Hurricane Center, at 8 in the morning, Isais was moving north / northeast at a speed of 70 mph, with winds at 33 mph.

Isaias were bringing dangerous winds and heavy rain to eastern Virginia in the early hours of Tuesday. It is expected to embrace the mid-central coast today, then enter northeast into southern Canada tonight. There was a possibility of gradual weakening today and weakened tonight.

Storm center forecaster Robbie Berg said the storm could take down trees and cause power outages as it moves north along the Mid-Atlantic and New England coast.

“We don’t think there’s a possibility of weakening, we still think there’s going to be Very strong and strong winds that will greatly affect the Mid-Atlantic and North-East Over the next day or two, “Berg said. Rain will remain a major issue.”

More than 500,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and Virginia lost power, according to PowerOutage.US, which tracks utility reports.

An off-site outage led operators of a nuclear power plant en route to the storm in North Carolina’s Brunswick County to declare an “unusual incident” at one of its units late Monday, but operators said “there were none Impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel. The safety of the event is of minimal importance. All safety related systems are designed. ”

The storm center warned of a possible storm from North Carolina and eastern Virginia to southern New England in the early hours of Tuesday.

National Weather Service Wakefield, Virginia Office tweeted Overnight that “large and extremely dangerous tornado confirmed by radar is on the ground and heading towards downtown Suffolk, Va! If you live in / near Suffolk or know someone who takes shelter immediately!”

Around 5:45 pm, Tweeted this That “A radar-confirmed tornado is near NW 55mph near Kilmarnock. Hurricanes are moving toward Lancaster, Vecomico, Robley, Heathsville and Farnham.”

Another tornado was confirmed in Vienna, Maryland.

City Mayor Debbie Smith told Osley-TV that five domestic fires broke out in Oshin Isle Beach.

Told the Associated Press that firefighters from the city’s fire department were battling the explosion with the assistance of Horry County firefighters in South Carolina.

Newspapers were quoted as saying that a fire in a seaside complex in Surf City displaced about 30 people, about 80 miles north of Osley Island. It is not clear if the fire was associated with the storm. No injuries have been reported.

Coastal shops and restaurants closed quickly, power began to shimmer at the seaside hotels, and even the most adventurous of the beach left the sand on Monday night as the storm strengthened towards the Christian Carolinas.

The center of the storm warned people living on the seashore to stay up to 5 feet apart and up to 8 inches of rain, as Issei went up the coast.

“All of those rains can cause flash flooding in parts of the East Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic, and even in the northeastern US,” said US National Hurricane Center senior hurricane specialist Daniel Brown. Tropical storm warnings led to Maine, where flash floods were possible in some areas on Wednesday.

Isaias killed two people in the Caribbean and killed the Bahamas, but remained at sea over the back of Florida over the weekend, providing some relief to emergency managers who had to adjust the evacuation by wearing masks in storm shelters.

Officials at South Carolina’s Miracle Beach ordered swimmers to get out of the water to avoid rough surf and strong rip currents. By nightfall, electricity began to flow to the beachfront hotels, as Isis crossed the last section of hot water on its route toward the mainland of America.

Nevertheless, residents on this part of the South Carolina and North Carolina coasts, which have been affected to varying degrees by seven tropical storms or hurricanes since 2014, were not panicking.

Since last week’s formation, Isis has been trying to both kill and reinforce it by competing forces, University of Miami Hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said.

“Of all the places it can be, the hottest water can be found in it,” which promotes fuel development, McNody said. “And yet it is struggling.”

This is because the dry air continued its work in the storm at low and mid levels, which cut the storm.

The passage of Isis near Florida over the weekend was particularly inconvenient for officers dealing with the already dangerous coronovirus cassiolads. The storm brought heavy rain and flooding to the state, forcing authorities to close outside virus testing sites, as well as beaches and parks. Authorities tied signs to palm trees so that they would not get swept away.

Emergency management spokesman Lisa de la Rionda said about 150 people had to wear masks while seeking refuge in Palm Beach County, a voluntary evacuation order for those living in homes that cannot withstand dangerous winds .