Tropical Storm Isaias Slams Into East Coast

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Currents News Staff

As Tropical Storm Isaias rockets up the Northeast, millions are under tropical storm warnings, including those located on the east coast, such as Washington, New York City and Boston.

Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey held onto hope.

 “We’re hoping for the best and preparing for the worst,” he said in a press conference.

The storm is expected to bring strong wind gusts of more than 60 mph for major Northeast metro areas. Forecasted winds in New York City could be the strongest the city has seen since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke about the tropical storm conditions in his press conference and asked for residents to take it seriously.

“Heavy rain and high winds, threat of tornadoes now,” he said.

Tornadoes are a huge concern. In the morning Aug. 4,  at least 20 were reported between North Carolina and New Jersey. North Carolina’s Bertie County Sheriff John Holley said it was bad.

“There’s nothing there,” Holley said. “You can look across the field, you can actually see the frame of a mobile home. You can look across the field and see vehicles are turned over, vehicles are piled up on top of each other. It’s just very sad.”

On Maryland’s eastern shore, a suspected tornado caused widespread damage and another tornado touched down near Ocean City, N.J.

Tornado warnings were also issued for the Philadelphia and New York metro area.

“That is such a rarity here in New York City,” Mayor de Blasio said. “It is something to worry about.”