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Tropical Storm Isaias Advisory Number  26
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL092020
1100 AM EDT Mon Aug 03 2020
 
...ISAIAS FORECAST TO MAKE LANDFALL TONIGHT AS A HURRICANE...
...EXPECTED TO BRING STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL FROM THE 
EASTERN CAROLINAS TO THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST TONIGHT AND TUESDAY...
 
 
SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...30.7N 80.1W
ABOUT 90 MI...145 KM ESE OF BRUNSWICK GEORGIA
ABOUT 220 MI...350 KM SSW OF MYRTLE BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...70 MPH...110 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 360 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...998 MB...29.47 INCHES
 
 
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

A Storm Surge Warning has been issued for portions of the Pamlico 
and Albemarle Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers, and 
for the North Carolina Outer Banks form Oregon Inlet to the North 
Carolina/Virginia border. 
 
The Tropical Storm Warning has been extended northward to the mouth 
of the Merrimack River, including Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and 
Block Island.
 
The Tropical Storm Watch for the remainder of the Chesapeake Bay and 
the Tidal Potomac River north of Cobb Island has been changed to a 
Tropical Storm Warning.
 
The Tropical Storm Watch has been extended northward to Eastport
Maine.
 
The Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued south of Altamaha
Sound.
 
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
 
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* Edisto Beach South Carolina to Cape Fear North Carolina
* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico 
Rivers
* Oregon Inlet North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border
 
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...
* Cape Fear to Oregon Inlet North Carolina
 
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* South Santee River South Carolina to Surf City North Carolina
 
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Altamaha Sound Georgia to South Santee River South Carolina
* North of Surf City North Carolina to the Mouth of the Merrimack
River
* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
* Chesapeake Bay
* Tidal Potomac River
* Delaware Bay
* Long Island and Long Island Sound
* Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Block Island
 
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Mouth of the Merrimack River to Eastport Maine
 
Interests elsewhere along the northeast coast of the United States
should monitor the progress of Isaias.  Additional watches or
warnings may be required later today.
 
A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening 
inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, 
during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. For a depiction 
of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm 
Surge Watch/Warning Graphic at hurricanes.gov.  This is a 
life-threatening situation.  Persons located within these areas 
should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from 
rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. 
Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local 
officials.
 
A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-
threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the
coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.
 
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area, in this case within 24 hours.
Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to
completion.
 
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area, generally within 36
hours.
 
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
 
For storm information specific to your area, including possible
inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your
local National Weather Service forecast office.
 
 
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
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At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Isaias was 
located by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft and NOAA 
Doppler weather radars near latitude 30.7 North, longitude 80.1 
West. Isaias is moving toward the north near 13 mph (20 km/h), and 
this general motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the 
north-northeast along with an increase in forward speed is expected 
by this late afternoon or early evening, followed by a faster 
northeastward motion tonight and Tuesday.  On the forecast track, 
the center of Isaias will pass well east of the Georgia coast 
through this afternoon.  The center of Isaias will then approach the 
coasts of northeastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina 
within the hurricane warning area this evening.  The center will 
then move inland over eastern North Carolina tonight, and move along 
the coast of the mid-Atlantic states on Tuesday and into the 
northeastern United States Tuesday night.
 
Data from the reconnaissance aircraft and NOAA Doppler weather 
radars indicate that maximum sustained winds remain near 70 mph 
(110 km/h) with higher gusts.  Some strengthening is forecast this 
afternoon, and Isaias is expected to regain hurricane strength just 
before it reaches the coast of northeastern South Carolina or 
southern North Carolina tonight. Only slow weakening is anticipated 
after Isaias makes landfall in the Carolinas and moves across the 
U.S. mid-Atlantic region tonight and Tuesday. 
 
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km)
from the center.
 
The estimated minimum central pressure based on reports from the 
aircraft is 998 mb (29.47 inches).
 
 
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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Key messages for Isaias can be found in the Tropical Cyclone
Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT4, WMO header WTNT44 KNHC, 
and on the web at www.hurricanes.gov/text/MIATCDAT4.shtml.
 
STORM SURGE:  The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the
tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by
rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.  The water could
reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated
areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...
 
South Santee River SC to Cape Fear NC...3-5 ft
Edisto Beach SC to South Santee River SC...2-4 ft
Cape Fear NC to the North Carolina/Virginia border including 
Pamlico Sound, Albemarle Sound, Neuse and Pamlico Rivers...2-4 ft
Altamaha Sound GA to Edisto Beach SC...1-3 ft
North of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Martha's Vineyard  
including the Chesapeake Bay, the Tidal Potomac River, and Delaware 
Bay...1-3 ft
 
The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of
onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves.
Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge
and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances.
For information specific to your area, please see products issued
by your local National Weather Service forecast office.
 
WIND:  Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane
warning area in South and North Carolina this evening through
tonight, with tropical storm conditions beginning later today. 
 
Widespread tropical-storm-conditions are expected in the 
tropical storm warning area from coastal North Carolina to the 
mid-Atlantic states tonight and Tuesday, with wind gusts to 
hurricane force possible. These winds could cause tree damage and 
power outages. 
 
Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach southern New 
England late Tuesday and are possible along the northern New 
England coast Tuesday night and early Wednesday. 

RAINFALL:  The following rainfall accumulations are expected along
and near the track of Isaias:
 
Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic: 3 to 6 inches, isolated maximum
totals 8 inches.
 
Southeast New York and much of New England: 2 to 4 inches, isolated
maximum totals 6 inches.
 
Heavy rainfall from Isaias will result in flash and urban flooding,
some of which may be significant in the eastern Carolinas and the
mid-Atlantic, through Tuesday night near the path of Isaias up the
East Coast of the United States. Widespread minor to moderate river
flooding is possible across portions of the Carolinas and the
mid-Atlantic. Additionally, quick-responding rivers in the southern
Appalachians and Northeast will be susceptible to minor river
flooding.
 
SURF:  Swells generated by Isaias are affecting portions of the
Bahamas and the southeast coast of the United States and will spread
northward along the U.S. east coast during the next couple of days.
These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip
current conditions.  Please consult products from your local weather
office.
 
TORNADOES:  A few tornadoes will be possible over coastal South
Carolina beginning this evening, spreading across eastern North
Carolina tonight into Tuesday morning. A couple tornadoes will be
possible on Tuesday from eastern Virginia northeastward into
southern New England.
 
 
NEXT ADVISORY
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Next intermediate advisory at 200 PM EDT.
Next complete advisory at 500 PM EDT.
 
$$
Forecaster Stewart
 
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