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Hurricane Isaias: Storm Strengthens in First Category, Continues to North Carolina: NOAA, NHC



RALEIGH (WTVD) – Tropical Storm Isaiah has officially strengthened into a first-class hurricane. The hurricane continues to advance toward the east coast of the United States along North Carolina.

On Friday morning, the storm swirled around the Turks and Caicos and threw heavy rains in the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center said floods and mudslides could occur across the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.

The hurricane is currently moving northwest at 17 mph with sustained maximum winds of 80 mph and gusts of up to 100 mph. The storm is expected to sweep the coast of Florida and Georgia this weekend. Isaiah could brush off the Carolina coast Monday and Tuesday. East North Carolina remains in the cone of uncertainty along the way.

On Friday at five in the morning, the hurricane was 1

5 kilometers southwest of the Great Inagua Island. According to ABC News, more than 400,000 customers in Puerto Rico lost energy. Some were trapped in floods.

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While that road is still a long way off and could change drastically, at this point it looks like Isaiah will bring rain at least to areas of North Carolina next week.

However, the coast is already seeing the effects of Isaiah as a high-risk starting current comes into effect from Friday that stretches from Hatteras to Carolina Beach. The high threat will continue over the weekend as the storm continues to move north.

At midnight, the National Hurricane Center issued hurricane warnings in the central and southeastern Bahamas.

Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher at the University of Colorado, said Isaiah is the ninth storm called the Atlantic. The previous record was Irene on August 7, 2005.

The storm’s uncertainty cone includes North Carolina. Current projections say the storm will hit our shores Monday night through Tuesday morning.

Stay on top of the ABC11 First Alert weather equipment while monitoring this hurricane and the threats it may pose to North Carolina.

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