We’re continuing to track Isaias , with a “Tropical Storm Warning” issued ahead of the storm’s impacts in our area.
Tropical storm “watch” has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for all of RI and southeastern MA. A “warning” means tropical storm force winds are expected within the next 36 hours.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS TUESDAY: Wind gusts of 40-55 mph expected late Tuesday afternoon and early evening. Scattered outages are possible. There is a slight risk that some thunderstorms may produced a brief isolated tornado or waterspout during the late afternoon/early evening hours
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM RISK TUESDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING:
Some off and on downpours expected Tuesday afternoon into early evening, leading to localized street flooding. Increasing winds by early evening, with winds from the south-southeast at 25-35 mph with gusts 45-55 mph. Isolated wind damage and power outages possible. There is a slight risk some thunderstorm may spin up a brief isolated tornado during the late afternoon or early evening hours (5pm thru 9pm)
Here is the current position of now HURRICANE Isaias making landfall in northern South Carolina or southern North Carolina overnight. The storm was upgraded to hurricane status at 8pm last night with winds of 85 mph
From there is will pick up speed and race across the Delmarva Peninsula and western New England Tuesday into Tuesday night, bringing scattered downpours, gusty winds (to 55 mph) and ocean impacts to our area, especially Tuesday evening.