Isaias brings wind, downs trees along Crystal Coast

The National Weather Service said Tropical Storm Isaias produced wind gusts up to 68 mph in Indian Beach, the highest reportedly recorded in Carteret County as of 7 a.m. Tuesday. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration image)

Reporter's note: This article was last updated at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, with more information.

NEWPORT — The National Weather Service weather forecasting office in Newport reports as of 7 a.m. Tuesday, the highest recorded wind speed reached in Carteret County during Tropical Storm Isaias was 68 mph, recorded in Indian Beach.

According to notices issued by the NWS office Tuesday, wind speeds of 64 mph were recorded at Bogue Field and at Fort Macon State Park, while Cedar Island got winds of 61 mph, Beaufort saw 56 mph wind and Cape Lookout National Seashore recorded wind speeds of 54 mph. Precipitation amounts ranged from 0.08 - 2.63 inches of rainfall. The highest amount recorded was 2.63 inches at a recording station in Croatan National Forest. Newport received 2.35 inches of rain, Beaufort received 2.18 inches and Pine Knoll Shores received 1.77 inches. Beaufort received 1.55 inches of rain, while Harkers Island received about 1.14 inches.

NWS Meteorologist Casey Dail said Tuesday morning it was still quite early and the office would likely be getting reports of the effects of the storm throughout the day.

"So far, we've been able to see rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches across the county," Ms. Dail said. "We haven't received any (tornado) damage reports or conformation (of activity) at this time. We haven't had any report of storm surge or freshwater flooding."

In Avon in Dare County, wind speeds reached 72 mph, according to the briefing. 

Isaias dumped rain and wind along the Eastern Coast of United States Monday into early Tuesday. In Carteret County, power companies reported more than 10,000 outages as of Tuesday morning.

The Associated Press reported Isaias made landfall as a hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach at 11:34 p.m. Monday. It weakened to a tropical storm again as it moved over eastern North Carolina. 

According to reports from the NWS and the National Hurricane Center, Isaias was moving through southern Virginia by 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. An NWS local statement issued at 8:23 a.m. said additional downed trees and power outages are likely through mid-morning.

"The threat for tornadoes has ended," the NWS said. "Life-threatening storm surge remains possible across the area through the mid-morning high tide cycle. The highest water levels are currently being observed in proximity to the Pamlico, Pungo, Bay, and tidal Neuse Rivers, but the threat will shift toward the northern Pamlico, Croatan, and Roanoke Sounds. Low lying properties and roadways could be inundated and damaged, and dunes could be overtopped as wave action enhances the storm surge risk along the beaches. The threat for stronger and more frequent rip currents will continue for area beaches over the next couple days, leading to extremely dangerous conditions for swimming."

The NWS also said dangerous marine conditions are also occurring, with seas currently around 10 to 15 feet and only gradually subsiding through the day.

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