Hurricane Isaias Makes Landfall in North Carolina
The long and storied journey of the storm system now known again as Tropical Storm Isaias is almost done. However, the effects of the storm are far from over. Last night just after 10 pm Louisiana time forecasters with the National Hurricane Center announced that the center of the storm's circulation had crossed the coast near Ocean Beach Isle North Carolina.
At the time of landfall, the system was a category 1 hurricane with wind speeds measured at 85 mph. The system produced wind gusts at landfall as high as 87 mph. The wind was and is not the bigger threat with Isaias. Water is the larger concern.
Storm surge reports of five feet or higher were observed at landfall and the storm is forecast to be a prodigious rainmaker as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard of the United States today.
Even though we are nowhere close to being done with Isaias forecasters with the National Hurricane Center are monitoring another area of disturbed weather in the Tropical Atlantic Basin. This area was located between the Bahamas and Bermuda. As of now, it's only given a 30% probability of strengthening into a tropical cyclone.
Other than that system, the rest of the tropical Atlantic remains rather quiet. Which is good news especially when you consider we are still about six weeks away from the actual peak of Hurricane Season. So far the 2020 season has produced nine named storms, two of those have become hurricanes and both of those hurricanes have made landfall in the continental United States.