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Live updates: Isaias' wrath leaves 4 dead and more than 3.2 million without power

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 8/4/2020 Cara Richardson, Doyle Rice and Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY
a sign in front of a building: Storm Isaias begins to hit Atlantic City on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. © Adam Monacelli/Courier-Post Storm Isaias begins to hit Atlantic City on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

Tropical Storm Isaias spawned deadly tornadoes and dumped heavy rain as it roared up the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon after making landfall as a hurricane Monday night near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

At least four people have died due to the storm. 

A tornado killed two people and injured several others at a mobile home park in Bertie County, North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper said. Authorities said two others were killed by falling trees toppled by the storm in Maryland and New York City.

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Other tornadoes were reported in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said. 

What was once Hurricane Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm, though it still packed winds of 65 mph as of late Tuesday afternoon. The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. ET advisory that tornadoes "will spread northward across southern and central New England'' and the risk would continue through the evening. Tropical storm warnings were in effect from parts of New Jersey to parts of Maine.

The center also warned that "potentially life-threatening urban flooding remains possible in Philadelphia and elsewhere along and just west of the I-95 corridor today." 

More than 3.2 million customers were without power, mostly in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, according to

Here's what you need to know:

  • At 5 p.m, the center of Isaias was located about 20 miles west of Albany, New York. The storm was racing to the north-northeast at 40 mph. 
  • The system is forecast to become post-tropical tonight or early Wednesday.
  • The center of Isaias is moving farther inland over eastern New York and Vermont.
  • What's it like out there? These live webcams show beaches in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. 🌊
  • The next advisory from the National Hurricane Center will be released at 5 p.m. 

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New Jersey: 1.4 million without power; tropical storm warning in effect

Heavy rains were falling Tuesday across New Jersey as Tropical Storm Isaias roared to the north, leaving behind power outages and reports of tornadoes. Almost 1.4 million customers were without power, said, by far the highest total of any state. 

The storm was disrupting ground travel across the state at midday. New Jersey Transit’s River Line and Atlantic City rail service was suspended or delayed in some areas due to downed trees and flooding, and trees blocked lanes on the Garden State Parkway in Upper Township and the New Jersey Turnpike in Edison.

There was one report of a tornado, in Cape May, where some trees were knocked down.

Earlier, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency. The state is under a tropical storm warning.

Heavy rainfall up to 6 inches was forecast to impact the state along with damaging winds and more possible tornadoes. 

A tornado watch was also issued Tuesday morning that covered most of the state and lasted through 4 p.m. A watch, which is less urgent than a warning, means conditions will be favorable for the development of tornadoes, according to the weather service.

– Nicholas Katzban, Bergen Record; Joshua Chung and Keith Schubert, Asbury Park Press

Flooding, water rescues in Philadelphia

There were numerous reports of flooding in the Philadelphia area, and officials in Montgomery County to the northwest said they performed more than 100 water rescues.

West of the city in Delaware County, rescue workers were searching for a young person who fell or jumped into the fast-moving water of a swollen creek. And in Doylestown to the north, officials said four children were treated for minor injuries after high winds partially tore the roof off a day care center. About 135 children and their teachers had to be ushered out.

Airlines issue flight waivers

Traveling? If it's by plane, odds are good your airline is issuing flight waivers. United, American, Southwest, JetBlue and Delta have issued them in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. 

A flight waiver gives travelers the option to rebook flights at no extra charge. There are typically terms and conditions, however, that prevent customers from buying flights outside of certain dates and from changing cabins unless they want to pay a fee. Travelers are urged to read airlines' fine print before rebooking.

– David Oliver

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At least 2 tornadoes confirmed on Maryland Eastern Shore

At least two radar-confirmed tornadoes were reported on Maryland's Eastern Shore, according to the National Weather Service.

The first was located at 6:01 a.m. near Vienna moving north near Sharptown, Hurlock and Choptank. Social media reports indicate the tornado littered Route 50 with debris and caused damage in Mardela Springs, with photos posted to Facebook showing at least one home destroyed. 

A second tornado was located on radar at 7:20 a.m. just north of Girdletree heading toward Snow Hill.

Chesapeake Bay: What to expect if Isaias continues track over it

– Brandon Holveck, Delaware News Journal

–  Rose Velazquez, Salisbury (Md.) Daily Times

D.C., Baltimore could see flooding

Heavy rainfall along the East Coast will result in flash and urban flooding, some of which may be significant in North Carolina through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast through tonight, the hurricane center said. Central and eastern North Carolina are expected to see the heaviest rainfall of 3 to 6 inches, with some areas seeing up to 8 inches. Potentially life-threatening urban flooding is possible in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and other areas along the I-95 corridor. 

Contributing: Jordan Culver, USA TODAY; The Associated Press


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Video: Tri-State Area prepares for Hurricane Isaias (ABC 7 New York)



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