Saturday, February 4, 2023

Downgraded Tropical Storm Isaias will bring flooding, storm surge

Storm-track prediction of Tropical Storm Isaias as of 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

WILMINGTON — Tropical Storm Isaias is still on track to hit the Wilmington area. Although downgraded from a hurricane on Saturday evening, the storm could still bring 70 mph winds along with flooding and storm surges.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) prediction, the storm is likely to hit Monday evening and leave quickly on Tuesday, expected to be in the New Jersey and New York area by Tuesday evening.

NWS updates its forecast several times daily. Find the latest info here.

Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender County are all expected to experience wind gusts between 58 and 73 mph, according to NWS. Sustained winds are likely to between 40 and 45 mph. Brunswick County Beaches are under a storm surge watch, and the entire region is under a tropical storm watch. As with all tropical storms, there is a moderate chance of tornados.

Flooding is expected, starting Monday afternoon into Tuesday. Storm surge in coastal areas and along tidal creeks is expected to be particularly bad during high tide on Monday night. Riptide risks are also considerably elevated.

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