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.
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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