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Tropical Storm Isaias kills one as tornadoes threaten U.S. Northeast

by Reuters
Tuesday, 4 August 2020 14:47 GMT

A New York City Park Ranger patrols the beach ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias in the Rockaway area of Queens in New York City, U.S., August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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Aug 4 (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Isaias pummeled Virginia on Tuesday on its way toward Washington and other cities of the U.S. Northeast, and killed at least one person after a tornado it spawned obliterated a mobile home park in North Carolina.

The fast-moving storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands and threatened to trigger more tornadoes, with the center of the storm about 100 miles (160 km) south of Washington as of 8 a.m. Eastern time (1200 GMT), the National Hurricane Center said.

It was moving toward the north at 33 miles per hour (54 kph), packing maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph).

A tropical storm warning remained in effect all the way to Maine, with major cities such as Washington, Philadelphia and New York in the potential path.

Tornadoes were possible from Virginia to New Jersey through midday and from New York to New England in the afternoon and evening, the hurricane center said.

The Washington area was experiencing heavy rains as Isaias blew through on Tuesday morning, with authorities warning of flash floods, and some low-lying roads closed due to flooding.

More than 600,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and Virginia were without power, according to electric companies.

The storm had regained hurricane strength late on Monday just before making landfall in southern North Carolina shortly before midnight.

It was downgraded to a tropical storm while flooding homes and streets in North Carolina, killing one person and injuring several others in a mobile home park, officials told local media.

News pictures showed a field of debris where the mobile home park once stood in Bertie County in the northeastern corner of North Carolina.

Three or four people were missing, and at least two of them were children, WITN television reported, citing Sheriff John Holley. Some 10 to 12 mobile homes were destroyed and vehicles were tossed atop each other, the sheriff said. (Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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