Deadly Tropical Storm Isaias weakens, moves into Canada (with forecast video)

Isaias forecast to hit Carolinas as a hurricane

Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength. Fueled by warm ocean waters, the storm got a late burst of strength as a rejuvenated hurricane with top sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (136 km/h) before coming ashore late Monday near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

Isaias sustained top winds of up to 65 mph (105 kph) more than 18 hours after coming ashore, but it was down to 40 mph max winds as of early Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.

Hardest hit places were Allamuchy Township (2,477), Hackettstown (1,994), Independence Township (1,360) and Washington (1,345) in Warren and Readington Township (3,121), Lebanon Township (2,045) and Raritan Township (1,978) in Hunterdon, the outage site shows.

However, one thing to watch out for is the chance of overnight storms in eastern parts of the province.

Isaias is the ninth named storm of the year and the latest National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast says the storm is "getting better organised" and will likely be at hurricane strength when it reaches the coast this evening.

Two people died when Isaias spun off a tornado that struck a North Carolina mobile home park.

An eastern Pennsylvania coroner on Wednesday released the name of a woman who died after her vehicle was swept away by floodwaters.

A man in the New York City borough of Queens became the fourth fatality when a tree crushed a auto he was inside, local authorities said.

The president of New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities on Wednesday said there was "hope" that power would be restored to 80% of the state's more than 900,000 customers experiencing an outage after Tropical Storm Isaias.

Damage was reported to buildings, and there were widespread power outages as the storm passed over NY and the Tri-State area. The storm cause damage along all of the southern beaches like Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island and Southport.

It is projected to weaken after making landfall, but farther north, New York City is preparing for storm surges as well.

Isaias produced dozens of tornadoes from North Carolina to New Jersey Monday and Tuesday.

In New York City, Isaias halted commuter trains, closed bridges and sent tree limbs crashing down Tuesday.

Additional deadly tree falls were reported in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and New Hampshire.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for areas from Merrimack River, Mass., to Stonington, Maine. The update didn't specify if the Bucks County tornado was in Doylestown, where the roof was ripped from a hospital day care center.



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