Tropical storm Isaias killed four people in its path on the east coast of the United States on Tuesday, August 4. The high winds, accompanied by heavy rains, also left nearly three million Americans without power even today.
The storm was most severe in North Carolina, with a tornado devastating a trailer, killing two people, state Governor Roy Cooper said. Two other people were killed by falling trees on their vehicle, one in New York and the other in Maryland.
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Isaias was a Category 1 (of 5) hurricane making landfall in North Carolina on the night of Monday August 3 to Tuesday August 4 with winds of up to 140 km / h. Then, the depression gradually weakened during the day on Tuesday as it progressed towards the northeast of the country.
The double threat
In North Carolina, used almost every summer to the passage of storms and hurricanes, “The damage was not at all as serious as it could have been”Governor Roy Cooper said on ABC. Fortunately, because the state feared that the fight against the coronavirus would be complicated by the storm.
While his state is among those facing a resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic in the country, he had asked residents, despite the arrival of the storm, to remember to respect the barrier gestures. He also explained that a larger number of shelters had to be planned in order to allow social distancing inside them.
New York prepared for the worst
“We see trees and branches torn off across the city”, “Take this seriously. If you don’t have to be outside, stay home ”, had alerted on Twitter Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York where ferry services, train and certain aerial portions of the subway had been closed. At least 78 flights have been canceled at La Guardia Airport and 55 at Kennedy Airport.
The New York authorities, still marked by the devastating passage of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, had installed protective dikes in the south of the Manhattan district on Tuesday morning in anticipation of a possible rise in water levels. But “The storm has mainly brought wind so far, more than floods”, noted the mayor of the city on a local television channel.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Isaias was progressing Tuesday night over Vermont, before quickly reaching Canada overnight with maximum sustained winds of 80 km / h. Heavy rains are still expected in the south of the country.