UPDATED 9:22 AM PT — Monday, August 3, 2020
The National Hurricane Center has predicted Tropical Storm Isaias will strengthen into a hurricane again when it approaches the Carolinas.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) declared a state of emergency in preparation for the storm, which is expected to hit the state either Monday night or Tuesday morning.
Residents have been ordered to evacuate inland where they could stay in a hotel or at an emergency shelter. Cooper assured there would be different sheltering options available for those who tested positive for COVID-19.
“Just because it’s now categorized as a tropical storm doesn’t change its potential threat,” he stated. “I’ve declared a state of emergency and we have received federal emergency declaration for 25 counties so far.”
TS #Isaias evening update:
• Forecasted winds have increased slightly across the east, w/ tropical storm force winds possible across much of eastern NC. Strongest wind gusts expected in SE NC (50 – 75+mph). Strong winds & heavy rain will likely lead to downed trees & power lines pic.twitter.com/Hnh5L2oaeu
— NC Emergency Managem (@NCEmergency) August 2, 2020
A hurricane warning has been issued for parts of the Carolinas and a tropical storm warning has been extended as far north as Rhode Island.