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Isaias weakens to Tropical Storm; moving out of N.C. by day break

The eye of the storm moved over Ocean Isle Beach at 11:10 PM

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Isaias is on the way and getting closer to North Carolina. It will hit the coast as either a strong tropical storm or a category 1 hurricane tonight. The worst conditions will be in Eastern North Carolina, but what about here in the Triad? The WFMY News 2 Weather Team is tracking it for you.


1:30 a.m. - Christian Morgan gives an update on Hurricane Isaias. 

LIVE -- Christian Morgan WFMY News 2 tracking the latest on Hurricane Isaias as it tracks through Coastal NC right along I-95 overnight.

Posted by WFMY News 2 on Monday, August 3, 2020

10:25 p.m. Update: Chief Meteorologist Tim Buckley with an update as Hurricane Isaias makes its way towards North Carolina.

LIVE: Tracking Isaias Just Before Landfall

LIVE: Tim is tracking the hurricane which now has 85 mph winds and is going to make landfall in Brunswick County near Holden Beach.

Posted by WFMY News 2 on Monday, August 3, 2020

9 p.m. Update: Chief Meteorologist Tim Buckley with an update as Isaias is upgraded to a category 1 hurricane.

Tracking Hurricane Isaias as it Nears Southeast NC

LIVE: Join Tim as he tracks the storm which will make landfall in only a few hours. It's now a hurricane again and tornadoes are threatening the Wilmington area. It won't be too rough here locally, but we do have some rain moving in as well.

Posted by WFMY News 2 on Monday, August 3, 2020

At 11:10 PM Monday night, Isaias made landfall on Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. with 85 mph winds.


As Isaias continues to track into N.C. it will head inland with the center following a path along or just east of I-95 through Eastern North Carolina. This will spare the Triad the worst of the storm. It will continue to weaken as it tracks over land, moving out of N.C. by day break.

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We're breaking down what different parts of North Carolina will see from the storm from the coast to the mountains. First, let's talk about wind speed.

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Wind gusts will not be severe here in the Triad. Higher to the east.

With the current track that looks likely for Isaias, the Piedmont is on the western edge of the storm. The effects will be much less on that side of the storm, but some gusty conditions will be possible with 20-35 mph wind gusts. 

Stronger gusts near 50 mph will be possible to the east closer to Raleigh, while the strongest winds will be in Eastern and Coastal N.C. because that's where the center of the storm will likely track. 

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Low rain totals locally for Isaias. Higher totals west.

Tonight through Tuesday morning will be wet with 1/2"-2" of rain likely in the Piedmont. Higher totals will be east of the Triad and where the center of the storm tracks will see 4-6" of rain. On the coast, not only rain but storm surge and high surf will continue to cause flooding issues.

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While impacts in the Triad will be limited, with enough rain and some gusty winds a few trees could fall causing a few power outages across the area. With more rain and stronger winds the more widespread power outages and concerns will be east of the Triad.


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Even though we are not expecting major impacts in the Triad, we recommend having phones and devices charged up, and having batteries for flashlights on hand.

It's a good idea to secure any loose patio furniture or items outside just in case a strong wind gust tries to blow them away.

We'll be keeping you updated on-air and online multiple times throughout each day and Isaias's approach to North Carolina. 

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