Isaias Exits; Millions Left Without Power

Isaias lost its tropical characteristics over Quebec on Tuesday night after bringing heavy rain, damaging winds, and tornadoes to parts of the East Coast and leaving millions without power in its wake on Monday and Tuesday. 


What You Need To Know

  • Dangerous rip currents remain likely along Long Island
  • Gusts over hurricane strength were recorded in NYC on Tuesday
  • Storm has moved into Canada
  • Millions of customers in the Northeast remain without power

After an exceptionally windy and nasty Tuesday along much of the Eastern Seaboard, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. are no longer under tropical alerts.

At one point on Tuesday, wind gusts up to around 80 mph led to nearly three million customers losing power on the East Coast.

Many are still without power early Wednesday.

Wind gusts Tuesday were as high as 78 mph at the southern tip of Manhattan, 70 mph at JFK Airport in New York, 68 mph near Atlantic City and Newark, New Jersey as well as at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. 

Today, coastal waters from New Jersey to Maine will still have high waves of five to eight feet. Along the southern part of Long Island, dangerous rip currents are lingering through the day.

The storm intitially came ashore as a hurricane late Monday night, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, about 20 miles southwest of Wilmington. Winds at Oak Island, North Carolina gusted to nearly 90 mph as Isaias moved onshore. Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, at an elevation of 6,288 feet, had a 148 mph gust Tuesday.

This storm, unfortunately, caused a few fatalities due to flooding, damaging winds, and tornadoes.

Portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast also dealt with heavy rain and flooding.

Storm Moves Into Canada

The remnants of Isaias are moving quickly, zipping north-northeast at 28 mph. The fast motion has helped limit how long the storm’s impacts stick around.

Much of the northeast will see plenty of sunshine, today.

Isaias officially became the ninth-named storm of the Atlantic season and the earliest I-named storm on record. The previous record for the earliest ninth storm of the season was Irene, which formed on August 7, 2005.

Isaias was the second hurricane of a busy to-date 2020 Atlantic season.

If you’re wondering how exactly Isaias is pronounced, here’s a detailed guide on how to properly say it (along with all the other 2020 Atlantic storms. In short, Isaias pronounced over four syllables: ees-ah-EE-ahs.