HURRICANE Isaias reached landfall in North Carolina late Monday night after making its way up the east coast of the U.S.
Wind speeds have reached 85mph prompting the tropical storm to be upgraded to a category one hurricane.
Hurricane Isaias has quickly moved up the east coast bringing with it heavy rain and flooding[/caption]
What’s the latest on Hurricane Isaias?
Hurricane Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm after hitting islands in the Caribbean last week, but was recategorised as a category-one hurricane as it approached the Carolinas on Monday.
The storm made landfall overnight near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The raging tempest touched down just after 11pm on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 85mph.
Coastal shops and restaurants closed early, power began to flicker at oceanfront hotels and even the most adventurous of beachgoers abandoned the sand Monday night as newly re-strengthened Isaias sped toward the Carolinas.
Early Tuesday the storm was centered about 60 miles southwest of Greenville, North Carolina.
It was moving quickly north northeast over eastern North Carolina at 23mph and this general motion accompanied by an increase in forward speed is expected through Tuesday.
A hurricane warning was issued in parts of the Carolinas on Monday night[/caption]
People walk through floodwaters on Ocean Boulevard August 3 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina[/caption]
Have there been any casualties?
In the Dominican Republican and Puerto Rico, the hurricane killed at least two people.
In the U.S the storm sparked flooding and caused five home fires in Ocean Isle Beach, Debbie Smith, the town’s Mayor, told WECT-TV.
Hundreds of thousands of power outages were reported as heavy rains and winds battered areas including Wrightsville, Kure, and Carolina beaches in Wilmington, North Carolina.
But so far no deaths have been recorded for the U.S.
What is Hurricane Isaias?
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season began early this year when tropical storm Arthur formed on May 16.
Isaias is the ninth named Atlantic storm of the year, the second of those storms to be upgraded to hurricane status.
Hurricane season runs from June through to November but occasionally storms form outside those months.
The arrival of Arthur in May marked the sixth consecutive year that hurricane season began before the traditional official beginning on June 1
Isaias is the earliest ninth named storm on record.
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Where has it been and where is it headed?
Isaias began in Puerto Rico and moved over Hispaniola before traveling up the east coast of Florida.
After hitting North Carolina last night the hurricane is expected to travel up as far as Maine.
In Puerto Rico, a man stands on the rooftop of one of his properties securing the roof in preparation for the current hurricane season[/caption]
A person watches waves crashing against the Pier at Garden City[/caption]