TIMELINE: When Tropical Storm Isaias will track over North Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Tropical Storm Isaias is strengthening and speeding up. It is expected to be a Category 1 hurricane when it makes landfall in the Carolinas late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

Currently, forecasts show the storm hitting Myrtle Beach around 11:30 p.m. The storm will bring the bulk of its force to North Carolina between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. Tuesday.

As of 2 p.m., Isaias was about 180 miles south-southwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Maximum-sustained winds were 70 mph with movement to the north at 13 mph. The storm’s current trajectory has it making landfall near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The storm will then continue north through the eastern part of North Carolina.

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Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for areas as far west as Wake County as well as along and east of the Interstate 95 corridor. Warnings are issued when winds of 39 to 73 mph are expected in the region within the next 36 hours. A Hurricane Warning has been issued for New Hanover and Brunswick counties.

Scattered storms are possible all Monday afternoon, but the first main line from Isaias will enter the Sandhills area around 8-10 p.m. Monday.

Late Monday into early Tuesday, central and eastern North Carolina can expect heavy rain and flash flooding.

Isaias is now moving at 13 miles per hour, meaning the heaviest of the rain should be moving out of the state by 9 a.m. Tuesday.

When it’s all said and done, rain totals could be between 3 and 6 inches. Winds will likely be gusting from 35 to 70 mph. This means there’s a possibility for some power outages and isolated tornadoes–Isaias brings with it a 5% chance of tornadoes.

Power outages are likely. How widespread they are is yet to be determined. However, all of central North Carolina is at a moderate risk for power outages, with the Outer Banks at a high risk.


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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and the state’s Emergency Management leaders will share updates on the state’s preparations for the storm at 3 p.m. ABC11 will bring you those updates live.

Monday afternoon, the Town of Wrightsville Beach issued a voluntary evacuation order for non-residents as the town declared a State of Emergency.

“We encourage all residents and visitors to be proactive and prepare for any potential impacts related to Hurricane Isaias,” town officials wrote in a news release.

President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for parts of North Carolina, primarily focused around the coast, and central NC counties including Wake, Durham, Johnston Orange and Cumberland counties.

Governor Roy Cooper on Sunday reminded residents to put together an emergency kit, follow local evacuation orders, stay in a safe place and never drive through flooded roadways.

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He noted that flash flooding is expected, especially near the Neuse and Tar rivers.

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Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry said the Red Cross needs volunteers who can help with shelter reception, feeding, dormitory management, liaisons at hotels and other vital tasks. Those 18 years old and older can visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to help.

Due to the pandemic, if you do have to evacuate, officials say you should try to stay with family, friends or at a hotel to minimize contact with others. However, Sprayberry said both non-congregate and congregate shelters will be opened for evacuees who have nowhere to go but a shelter.

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Gov. Cooper has authorized the activation of up to 150 members of the North Carolina National Guard to be used if needed in hurricane response and water rescue teams are prepared to respond if need be.

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