Washington, 4 August 2020 (dpa/MIA) — Tropical Storm Isaias hit the US east coast late on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (km/h), according to the US national hurricane service NHC.
The tropical storm was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane after it made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach in the state of North Carolina, just after 11 pm (0300 GMT Tuesday).
The NHC has warned inhabitants in affected areas of possible “life-threatening” storm surges, flooding and “dangerous winds.”
The NHC said the tropical storm was moving along eastern North Carolina with winds of up to 87 km/h and gusts of up to 111 km/h.
Early on Tuesday, streets and shops were flooded in the tourist city of Myrtle Beach in North Carolina, the Washington Post reported.
The tropical storm was expected to ease on Tuesday over North Carolina and move further north-east near the coast.
Warnings were issued for several cities further along the US coast, including Washington, Philadelphia and New York, with barriers erected in parts of Manhattan, CNN reported. Power outages were expected.
New Jersey Governor Ryan Murphy announced a statewide state of emergency, shutting down all state offices and advising people not to drive.