Hurricane Isaias made landfall Monday night (local time) in the southern US state of North Carolina. Wind gusts of 140 kilometers per hour are measured, reports the National Hurricane Center of the United States.
The coastal areas of the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, among others, are expected to experience strong winds and rainfall in the coming days. Sudden flooding is also feared.
Isaias increased in strength on Monday and grew from a tropical storm to a first category hurricane. As far as is known, no one has been injured yet.
Hurricane warnings have been issued in parts of North Carolina and South Carolina. There, a storm surge of 1.5 meters high is taken into account. Tornadoes may also arise.
Thousands of people are without electricity in North Carolina, reports Carolina Weather Group.
Residents of coastal areas evacuated
North Carolina governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Friday. Residents of some coastal areas have been called to evacuate. Other residents of the state are called upon to stay indoors and be alert to power cables and falling trees. As of Tuesday, 5:00 AM, the state of emergency will be in North Carolina.
Isaias is expected to weaken slightly after it has landed and migrate northward along the east coast as a tropical storm. In other parts of the US, therefore, a tropical storm warning applies.