The tropics have been very active this year yet landfall events have been few. Isaias was a strong storm that increased in intensity as it approached the NC/SC coast. The cyclone made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach NC as a Cat 1 with sustained winds at 85 mph and gusts near 100. The inland flooding was not as overwhelming as other events as the forward speed of Isaias was around 25 mph. The issue with Isaias once over land was the tornadoes that developed in NE North Carolina and SE Virginia. Several reports of large tornadoes were issued, conformation not yet determined but the radar signatures were defining of a tornado. As for our region, we were dealt a glancing blow from the storm and got just some steady rain and gusty winds. Dodging the proverbial bullet to say the least.
Isaias is moving through Vermont toward the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada. He has moved nearly 700 miles from making landfall at 11:10 pm Monday until now.
As for the rest of the forecast period, the region is looking to rebound quiet nicely from the rainy pattern. There will be a good deal of sunshine each afternoon and the possibility us getting an afternoon storm in the heat of the day is usual for this time of year. Highs are expected to be in the middle to upper 80s each day so out month of August looks to be fairly normal as far temps and weather patterns are concerned.
We did have a bit of scary weather on Saturday as a tornado touched down in Botetourt county. The survey team went out Monday but were deterred by the weather and it was determined to be an EF0 with a path of destruction around 1.2 miles long.
Watch Tracking the Tropics on WFXRtv.com for more info and analysis about Isaias and the rest of the tropical tracking community.
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