First Alert Forecast: Isaias quickly departing the Cape Fear Region early Tuesday

Your First Alert Forecast from Mon. Evening, Aug. 3, 2020

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good Tuesday to you and thanks for checking into an important outlook! Hurricane Isaias made landfall Near Ocean Isle Beach late Monday as a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 85 mph.

As Isaias picks up forward speed expect conditions to rapidly improve heading into the pre-dawn hours.

Any major changes to Isaias’ track and strength forecast? Isaias remains on a northward course, the accelerating system ought to have plowed all the way to New England by midweek.

Rain and flooding impacts and timing? Most of the Cape Fear Region has seen anywhere between 2-5 inches with locally higher amounts. The rain and flooding threats rapidly decrease through the morning. Watch for pockets of poor-drainage and lowland flooding but take heart: major river flooding appears unlikely.

Wind and tornado impacts and timing? The window for quick spin-up tornadoes has mainly closed. By late Tuesday morning, you should be able to return outdoor belongings to their proper place.

Saltwater impacts and timing? The full moon will also mean the 8 a.m. Tuesday high tides may be problematic. See your WECT Weather App for bulletins related to these issues!

Your planning forecast features a return to early August weather through early next week. This will be mainly beneficial for those faced with cleaning up after the storm. Expect seasonably warm upper 80s to lower 90s with isolated to scattered storms developing in the heat of the afternoon.

Thanks for trusting your First Alert Weather Team as Isaias moves out of Southeastern north Carolina.

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