Tropical Storm Isaias has now killed at least seven people after leaving more than three million people across the United States without power.
The weather system spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people. Winds brought down a church steeple in Ocean City, New Jersey on Tuesday morning.
Power outages also spread as trees fell, with more than 3.3 million customers losing electricity across multiple states as of 6:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, according to PowerOutage.US, which tracks utility reports. New Jersey had the most outages of any state, with more than 1.3 million.
Two people died when Isaias spun off a tornado that struck a North Carolina mobile home park. Authorities said two others were killed by falling trees toppled by the storm in Maryland and New York City. Before making landfall late Monday, Isaias killed two people in the Caribbean and battered the Bahamas before brushing past Florida. A Pennsylvania woman died after her car was swept into a creek.
More than 18 hours after coming ashore, Isaias still had sustained top winds of 65 mph at 5pm EDT Tuesday. The storm’s center was about 20 miles west of Albany, New York.
As Isaias sped northward at 40 mph, the National Hurricane Center warned of flash flood threats in the New York’s Hudson River Valley and potential for minor to moderate river flooding elsewhere in the mid-Atlantic region.
Darby Creek floods its banks in Philadelphia: At least seven people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias dumped rain Tuesday
Philadelphia firefighters drive through a flooded neighborhood during Tropical Storm Isaias: More than 18 hours after coming ashore, Isaias still had sustained top winds of 65 mph (105 kph) at 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday
In New York City, a massive tree fell and crushed a van in the Briarwood section of Queens, killing a man inside, police said
Winds brought down a church steeple in Ocean City, New Jersey on Tuesday morning
Two people died after a tornado demolished several mobile homes in Windsor, North Carolina. Emergency responders finished searching the wreckage Tuesday afternoon. They found no other casualties, and several people initially feared missing had all been accounted for, said Ron Wesson, chairman of the Bertie County Board of Commissioners. He said about 12 people were hospitalized.
Sharee and Jeffrey Stilwell took shelter in their living room about 1:30am Tuesday as the tornado tore through Windsor. Sharee Stillwell said their home shook ‘like a freight train.’
‘I felt like the house was going to cave in,’ said Jeffrey Stillwell, 65, though once the storm passed, the couple found only a few damaged shingles and fallen tree branches in the yard.
The mobile home park less than two miles away wasn’t so fortunate. Aerial video by WRAL-TV showed fields of debris where rescue workers in brightly colored shirts picked through splintered boards and other wreckage. Nearby, a vehicle was flipped onto its roof.
Attleboro, Mass: Heavy winds from Isaias which tracked to the western part of the state caused damage Tuesday
New York: he back window of a vehicle is damaged from the result of a fallen tree branch after Tropical Storm Isaias in Astoria
Philadelphia: A woman pushes a bike through a flooded neighborhood during Tropical Storm Isaias, Tuesday
Philadelphia firefighters walk through a flooded neighborhood after Tropical Storm Isaias moved through
‘It doesn’t look real; it looks like something on TV. Nothing is there,’ Bertie County Sheriff John Holley told reporters, saying 10 mobile homes had been destroyed. ‘All my officers are down there at this time. Pretty much the entire trailer park is gone.’
In New York City, a massive tree fell and crushed a van in the Briarwood section of Queens, killing Mario Siles, 60, inside, police said. Eyewitness Cristian Lopez told The New York Daily News: ‘There was a boom. The tree came down and crushed everything.
‘He was a contractor doing work for us. He was renovating an apartment on the six floor after the tenant moved out. He was working with his son, who went up to the apartment with some materials. He was waiting for him to come back down. He was out there maybe 20 minutes total.’
A woman in Mechanicsville, Maryland, died when a tree crashed onto her car during stormy conditions, said Cpl. Julie Yingling of the St. Mary’s County sheriff’s office.
Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength as it churned toward the East Coast. Fueled by warm ocean waters, the storm got a late burst of strength as a rejuvenated hurricane with top sustained winds of 85 mph before coming ashore late Monday near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.
Officials observe a van where a man died as it was damaged by a fallen tree as Tropical Storm Isaias moved past NYC Tuesday
Brooklyn: Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength as it churned toward the East Coast
Windsor, N.C.: A damaged truck sits amongst rubble caused by a suspected tornado that resulted from Tropical Storm Isaias in the early morning hours of Tuesday
Darien, Connecticut: Power outages also spread as trees fell, with more than 3.3 million customers losing electricity across multiple states as of 6:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, according to PowerOutage
Many homes flooded in Ocean Isle Beach, and at least five caught fire, Mayor Debbie Smith told WECT-TV.
Tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.
In Doylestown, Pennsylvania, officials said four children were treated for minor injuries after high winds partially tore the roof off a day care center.
Also in the Philadelphia suburbs, rescue workers in Delaware County were searching for a young person who fell or jumped into the fast-moving water of a swollen creek, said Timothy Boyce, the county emergency services director.
Queens, New York: Fierce wind and rain forced the Staten Island ferry and outdoor subway lines to shut down
Lower Manhattan, New York: A woman walks across water barriers overpass after tropical storm Isaias
Marmora, N.J: The New Jersey Turnpike banned car-pulled trailers and motorcycles
Tropical Storm Isaias has killed two people in North Carolina after it tore through a mobile home park (pictured)
A tornado is believed to have passed through the Cedar Landing community (pictured) of Bertie County overnight
In New York City, fierce wind and rain forced the Staten Island ferry and outdoor subway lines to shut down. The New Jersey Turnpike banned car-pulled trailers and motorcycles.
Some of the worst damage Tuesday seemed to be east and north of where the hurricane’s eye struck land in North Carolina.
‘Fortunately, this storm was fast-moving and has already left our state,’ Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday afternoon.
In North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the storm sent waves crashing over the Sea Cabin Pier late Monday, causing a big section to collapse into the water as startled bystanders taking photos from the pier scrambled back to land.
‘I’m shocked it’s still standing,’ said Dean Burris, who watched from the balcony of a vacation rental.
Trees were uprooted by the storm as it hit NYC Tuesday afternoon. This photo shows trees crushing cars in Queens, New York
Firefighters responded to the scene in Brooklyn, Tuesday afternoon after receiving reports of a collapsed building
The Hurricane Center had warned oceanside dwellers near the North Carolina-South Carolina state line to brace for storm surge up to five feet and up to eight inches of rain.
Eileen and David Hubler were out early Tuesday cleaning up in North Myrtle Beach, where four feet of storm surge flooded cars, unhinged docks and etched a water line into the side of their home.
‘When the water started coming, it did not stop,’ Eileen Hubler said. They had moved most items of value to their second floor, but a mattress and washing machine were unexpected storm casualties.
‘We keep thinking we’ve learned our lesson,’ she said. ‘And each time there’s a hurricane, we learn a new lesson.’