Isaias was downgraded to a strong tropical storm Saturday evening but continued on a path toward the southeastern North Carolina coast, with landfall expected early Tuesday morning.
Uncertainty remained with the forecast, especially given the storm’s possible contact with Florida and other parts of the southeastern U.S. coast, according to a 6 p.m. briefing from the Wilmington Weather Forecast Office of the National Weather Service (NWS).
Isaias is expected to fluctuate in strength and could reach hurricane level again within the next 24 to 36 hours. Some flooding is possible, especially near poor drainage and low-lying flood prone areas Monday night into Tuesday morning. The Whiteville area is forecast to receive 3-4 inches of rainfall, with slightly more in the western part of the county and slightly less in the eastern part. The NWS warned that “any subtle change in the track can drastically change the rainfall forecast and potential flood impacts.”
Although the likelihood of tropic storm force winds in the region has “decreased slightly,” downed trees and limbs and some power outages continue to be a possibility, according to NWS.