Hurricane Isaiah made landfall on Monday night off the coast of North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of up to 140 kilometers per hour, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).
The category 1 hurricane – the minimum – made landfall at about 23.10 local time (03.10 GMT Tuesday) near Ocean Isle Beach, a small town near the border with South Carolina. At that time, the eye of the hurricane was located 40 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, and was moving northeast at a speed of 35 miles per hour.
According to the forecast of the NHC meteorologists, Isaiah will maintain his trajectory over the next few hours, following the coast first of North Carolina and then of the Middle Atlantic states such as Virginia, Maryland or Delaware. He may lose some of his strength after making landfall and also increase his speed.
The storm arrived in the Carolinas on Monday after passing near Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic late last week, making landfall on Saturday on Andros Island (Bahamas) and skirting Florida’s east coast on Sunday.
Isaiah is the second Atlantic hurricane this year after Hanna, also a Category 1, made landfall in South Texas two weeks ago. Near the area where Isaiah made landfall on Monday in North Carolina, Hurricane Dorian, weakened after devastating the Bahamas, and Florence in 2018, also impacted last year, leaving 40 dead in the state.