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    Isaias track, forecast, radar: Flooding, tornadoes a threat Tuesday

    What was once Hurricane Isaias has been downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall late Monday night in North Carolina. 

    The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. ET advisory Tuesday that threats of tornadoes were beginning to spread into southeastern Virginia.

    “We don’t think there is going to be a whole lot of weakening, we still think there’s going to be very strong and gusty winds that will affect much of the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast over the next day or two,” Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist with the National Hurricane Center, told the Associated Press. Rainfall will continue to be a big issue, he added.

    More than 362,000 were without power in North Carolina as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the state’s department of public safety. In Virginia, 136,000 outages have been reported, according to poweroutage.us. 

    Here’s what you need to know:

    • The center of Isaias is moving toward southeast Virginia after making  landfall around 11:10 p.m. near Ocean Isle Beach.
    • The threat of tornadoes is spreading north along the mid-Atlantic coast.
    • The system is forecast to become post-tropical tonight or early Wednesday.
    • The next advisory from the National Hurricane Center will be released at 8 a.m. 

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    Tornadoes possible as Isaias tracks north

    Tornadoes are most likely through midday from southeast Virginia all the way to New Jersey, according to the 5 a.m. hurricane center forecast. Tornadoes will remain possible this afternoon and evening from southeast New York across New England, the hurricane center said.

    D.C., Baltimore could see flooding

    Heavy rainfall along the East Coast will result in flash and urban flooding, some of which may be significant in North Carolina through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast through tonight, the hurricane center said. Central and eastern North Carolina are expected to see the heaviest rainfall of 3 to 6 inches, with some areas seeing up to 8 inches. Potentially life-threatening urban flooding is possible in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and other areas along the I-95 corridor. 

    Power outages in North Carolina, Virginia: Duke Energy, Dominion 

    In North Carolina, 362,175 outages are being reported by the state’s department of public safety. The hardest hit is New Hanover County, with more than 90,000 without power. Brunswick County has almost 50,000 outages. The state compiles outage information from Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, NC Electric Cooperatives and ElectriCities. A map maintained by WTOP shows more than 136,000 outages in Virginia, with Chesapeake County and Virginia Beach seeing the greatest impact.

    Contributing: Jordan Culver, Doyle Rice, USA TODAY; Associated Press

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