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Isaias weakens to a tropical storm over eastern North Carolina

The threat for strong winds, heavy rain and tornadoes are starting to shift into southeast Virginia this morning.

TAMPA, Fla. — Isaias weakened into a Tropical Storm early Tuesday morning. The threat for strong winds, heavy rain and tornadoes is starting to shift into SE Virginia.

Isaias made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane around 11:10 p.m. Monday near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, as an 85-mph storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters said a weather station at Oak Island, North Carolina, reported sustained winds of Category 1 hurricane strength at 76 mph, with a gust to 87 mph. Reports from the coastline included impacts from heavy rain, high winds and big surf.

Isaias is forecast to continue up the East Coast into the mid-Atlantic states Tuesday and the northeastern states Tuesday night.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts of Carolina coasts, with tropical storm warnings up into Maine.

Credit: 10 Weather

Tropical Storm Isaias weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm Saturday after impacting the Bahamas and hasn't been able to strengthen largely because of strong wind shear.

Even if it had remained a tropical storm, the NHC says, "It should be emphasized that there is little difference between a strong tropical storm or a category 1 hurricane, in terms of impacts."

The Tampa Bay area escaped most of the direct impacts of Isaias over the weekend, with fringe bands of showers and storms Sunday.

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