Hurricane Isaias

Category 1 Atlantic hurricane in 2020

Hurricane Isaias is an active tropical cyclone that struck Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and The Bahamas, and is currently impacting the East Coast of the United States and threatening Eastern Canada. The ninth tropical storm and second hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Isaias originated from a tropical wave off the coast of Africa that was first identified by the National Hurricane Center on July 23, 2020. The tropical wave gradually became more organized, and obtained gale-force winds on July 28, before organising into Tropical Storm Isaias on July 30. Isaias marked the earliest ninth named storm on record, surpassing 2005's Hurricane Irene by eight days. Isaias strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane the next day, reaching a peak intensity of 85 mph (137 km/h) and a pressure of 987 mb. On August 1, the storm made landfall on North Andros, Bahamas and subsequently weakened to a tropical storm before paralleling the east coast of Florida and Georgia. As it approached the Carolina coastline, it reintensified back into a hurricane shortly before making landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, at 11:10 PM EDT on August 3, and proceeded to accelerate up the east coast of the United States.

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