The storm is moving to North and South Carolina and may reach New York.
HATTERAS ISLAND, NORTH CAROLINA —
Meteorologists have warned that tropical storm Isaias will strengthen to a hurricane category on Monday, continuing to move up the East coast of the United States, and by Monday evening will hit North or South Carolina.
The national hurricane center predicts that the storm will pass through major cities such as Washington, Philadelphia and New York on Tuesday.
“By the evening, hurricane conditions are expected in areas where a hurricane warning is in effect. The preparation should be completed in an accelerated manner,” the Center said.
This zone includes the resort city of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and Wilmington, a port city in North Carolina with a population of more than 120,000.
Storm surge warnings are also in effect for parts of the Outer Banks in North Carolina, a strip of barrier Islands in the Atlantic Ocean where tourism has been hit hard this year by the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite the peak tourist season, Hatteras Island was almost deserted due to the order of the local authorities, who recommended that tourists and local residents leave. However, some beachgoers ignored the warnings.
By 11 am Eastern standard time, the center of the hurricane was about 145 km from Georgia, and wind speeds reached 100 km/h, the Hurricane Center said.
Tropical storm warnings are also in effect in other Northern areas, including the New York area affected by hurricane sandy in 2012.
The New York City Department of emergency management has adopted temporary flood and storm surge protection measures in lower Manhattan.
“We are very vigilant and avoid any risks,” Mayor Bill de Blasio assured reporters.