MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The eye of Hurricane Isaias has made landfall in southern North Carolina.
Isaias is moving toward the north-northeast near 22 mph, and this general motion accompanied by a gradual increase in forward speed is expected through tonight followed by a further increase in the forward speed on Tuesday.
On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move across eastern North Carolina for the rest of the night.
The center will move near or along the coast of the mid-Atlantic states on Tuesday, and continue across the northeastern United States Tuesday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph with higher gusts.
After landfall, only gradual weakening is anticipated after Isaias makes landfall in the Carolinas and moves across the U.S. mid-Atlantic region tonight and Tuesday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.
A station at Frying Pan Shoals, North Carolina, recently reported sustained winds of 72 mph and a wind gust of 93 mph.
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:
- South Santee River South Carolina to Cape Fear North Carolina
- Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers
- Ocracoke Inlet North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:
- Cape Fear to Ocracoke 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:
- North of Surf City North Carolina to Eastport Maine
- Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
- Chesapeake Bay
- Tidal Potomac River
- Delaware Bay
- Long Island and Long Island Sound
- Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Block Island
Slow weakening is forecast after Isaias makes landfall in the Carolinas and moves across the U.S. mid-Atlantic region Monday night and Tuesday.