Hurricane Isaias has been downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, according to an official with the National Hurricane Centre.
Hurricane Isaias has made landfall hitting the North Carolina coast with sustained winds of 85mph.
Isaias was forecast to be near hurricane strength as it approached the Carolinas on Monday, just a day after bands of heavy rain from the tropical storm lashed Florida’s east coast.
Bands of heavy rain from Isaias have lashed Florida’s east coast on Sunday, with the tropical storm strengthening slightly in the evening on its way up the eastern seaboard.
Isaias snapped trees and knocked out power as it blew through the Bahamas on Saturday and churned toward the Florida coast, threatening to complicate efforts to contain the coronavirus in places where cases are surging.
Hurricane Isaias ripped shingles off roofs and blew over trees as it carved its way through the Bahamas and headed toward the Florida coast, where officials in Miami said they were closing beaches, marinas and parks.