Hurricane Isaias spawns tornadoes then heads through Northeast bringing heavy rain and strong winds. The tropical storm Isaias was pushing through the Northeast on Tuesday, a few hours after bringing heavy rains and deadly winds to other states along its path.
Two people were killed when a tornado struck a mobile home park in Windsor, North Carolina, according to Bertie County officials. Twelve other people were injured and taken to hospitals.
A resident of the area told reporters she hid in her bathroom with her two sons.
“We didn’t have a lot of time to react once it finally hit. I mean, it hit all at once,” Desaree Pike said. “For lack of a better word, it was hell. You don’t really think about anything else but just holding the kids and hoping it doesn’t tear the house up.”
Sheriff John Holley told the station: “It’s bad. It doesn’t look real. It looks like something on TV. Nothing is there.”
Over a dozen tornadoes have been reported in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware, according to meteorologist Brandon Miller.
The storm knocked out power to more than 3.3 million people as the country simultaneously grapples with the coronavirus. As of 5 p.m. ET, Isaias was racing through eastern New York, dumping heavy rain and bringing gusty winds, the National Hurricane Center said. There are tornado watches in Massachusetts, including in Boston.
Movements of tropical storm Isaias
What makes Isaias very dangerous is how fast it’s moving. By Tuesday afternoon, the storm was heading north-northeast at 40 mph.
The storm still had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.
That rapid movement means Isaias won’t weaken very much as it continues up the East Coast, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.
It also means tornadoes can drop with little or no warning. “If you get a (tornado) warning on your phone, make sure you pay attention to it,” Myers said.
“You might not have 20 minutes with storms like this.”