Just as forecast, Hurricane Isabel is making landfall between Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras. No big surprises yet; she is producing large surf, a hefty 8' storm surge, strong winds, and torrential rain... just like any other landfalling hurricane. In addition, tornadoes are a very real threat in the hurricane as she moves ashore. Watches and warnings abound along a vast stretch of the Atlantic seaboard. Areas included are SC, NC, VA, WV, MD, DE, NJ, PA, NY, and CT. A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Cape Fear, NC to Chincoteague, VA as well as the southern Chesapeake Bay. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect from Chincoteague, VA to Moriches Inlet, NY, and then from Cape Fear, NC to South Santee River, SC, as well as the northern Chesepeake Bay and Delaware Bay. A Tornado Watch is in effect for eastern NC, VA, and parts of MD and DE. Flood and Flash Flood Watches are issued for parts of NC, VA, WV, MD, NY, and basically all of PA. High Wind Warnings are issued for much of the same areas. The best thing you can do if you live in any of the states I mentioned is to keep tuned to a reliable local radio station or TV station, and/or to have a NOAA Hazard Radio in your house for the latest information. Avoid mudslide/rockslide-prone areas and of course, never attempt to cross a flooded street no matter how convenient a path home it might be. As of this writing, the center of the eye is about 50 miles east of Cape Lookout, NC. At 15Z she was located at 34.4N 75.7W and tracking NW at 16kts. Intensity is 85kts and 956mb, and this will rapidly dwindle as she moves inland... but the danger from tornadoes and flooding will not. The forecast track is still unchanged, and should cross over VA late tonight into Friday morning, then over PA from Friday morning through Friday evening. The links I sent in a separate mailing to the radar and surface observations will still come in handy if you wish to monitor the storm as she moves in.Please visit my tropical Atlantic headquarters.
P.S. Any updates that anyone has who's experiencing Isabel's wrath first-hand would be greatly appreciated. I'd be happy to include them in future mailings.