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This main post will be updated often with various storm news and updates for 2020 in below section as well as in the comments below.

We sometimes spin off major hurricanes into new discussions in USFRA's Disaster Preparedness group so watch for updates and links.

Atlantic storms typically get the most coverage since they impact many people and land masses across the Atlantic ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

Sometimes Pacific storms affect the southwestern U.S. and Hawaiian and other pacific island chains so please share the resources below with others and check back often for news and updates. 

(Note: The most recent comments are at the bottom and all comments updates are dated. Some older comments may be edited out so members & visitors don't have to wade through too many updates.)

Updates from NHC as of 4-Aug-2020 5a:

Widespread tropical-storm conditions are expected from coastal North Carolina through the mid-Atlantic states, including portions of the Chesapeake Bay region today, with wind gusts to hurricane force possible.



A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

  • North of Surf City North Carolina to Eastport Maine
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Tidal Potomac River
  • Delaware Bay
  • Long Island and Long Island Sound
  • Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Block Island

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers
  • Ocracoke Inlet North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...

  • Surf City to Ocracoke Inlet North Carolina

Widespread tropical-storm conditions are expected in the tropical storm warning area from coastal North Carolina through the mid-Atlantic states, including portions of the Chesapeake Bay region today, with wind gusts to hurricane force possible. These winds could cause tree damage and power outages. Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach southern New England this afternoon and northern New England tonight. Gale-force winds are expected to spread into southeastern Quebec tonight and Wednesday.

At 5 a.m. EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Isaias was located inland about 15 miles (25 km) SE of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and about 85 miles (135 km) WSW of Norfolk, VA. It's moving NNE near 28 mph (44 km/h), and this general motion accompanied by some additional increase in forward speed is expected through today. On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will to move into southeastern Virginia early this morning, near or along the coast of the mid-Atlantic states today, and across the NE U.S. into southern Canada tonight.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center. Sustained winds of 48 mph (78 km/h) and a gust to 63 mph (102 km/h) was recently reported at Duck, North Carolina. Sustained winds of 39 mph (63 km/h) and a gust to 56 mph (91 km/h) were also reported at Poquoson, Virginia. Only gradual weakening is anticipated while Isaias moves north-northeastward near the mid-Atlantic coast today. A faster rate of weakening is expected to begin tonight, and the system is forecast to become post-tropical tonight or early Wednesday.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...

  • Little River Inlet SC to Surf City NC...1-2 ft
  • Surf City to Ocracoke Inlet NC...2-4 ft
  • Ocracoke Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia border including Pamlico Sound, Albemarle Sound, Neuse and Pamlico Rivers...3-5 ft
  • North of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Martha's Vineyard including the Chesapeake Bay, the Tidal Potomac River, Delaware Bay, Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay, & Vineyard Sound...1-3 ft

Heavy rainfall along the East Coast, near the path of Isaias, will result in flash and urban flooding, some of which may be significant in North Carolina through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast through tonight. Potentially life-threatening urban flooding is possible in D.C., Baltimore, and elsewhere along and just west of the I-95 corridor today. Widespread minor to moderate river flooding is likely across portions of the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic. Quick-responding rivers in the Northeast will also be susceptible to minor river flooding.

Tornadoes are most likely through midday from southeast Virginia to New Jersey. Tornadoes will remain possible this afternoon and evening from southeast New York across New England.

There is another system being monitored further out in the Atlantic so check back here for updates or at and please share below preparedness resources with others. ~ j


When a major hurricane occurs we may start a new discussion but for now, stay current on AtlanticGulf and Pacific activity in below comments. Also follow USFRA on Facebook since we share resources and updates there.

Keep in mind hurricane season runs from May/June through November so, if you live along the coast or know someone who does, use and please share these USFRA resources to learn how to prepare for hurricanes and storms:

Again please share these resources with others ~ esp. those along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.


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Oh boy, here we go with more of the COVID-19 going out of control I can see it now, lets just hope the people use mask and stay the 6 feet apart, I doubt it but.

4-Jun-2020 - Updates on Tropical Depression Cristobal forecasted to head into northern Gulf of Mexico coast later this weekend (more to follow) ~ j

7-Jun-2020 4p CDT - Cristobal hitting Gulf Coast from LA to MS and AL with tropical-storm-force winds, heavy rainfall + storm surge from LA to FL Panhandle + possible tornadoes this aft/eve (see above) ~ j

24-Jul-2020 - Pacific hurricane Douglas is heading towards the Hawaiian Islands, and 2 storms (Hanna and Gonzalo) in the Gulf + Atlantic / Caribbean will mess with Texas and Windward Islands respectively this weekend. Keep in mind August is peak hurricane season so things will be much busier -- more above and please share these resources with others. Thx ~ j

27-Jul-2020 - Douglas still harassing Hawaii but thankfully it didn't directly hit the island chain, and Hanna is fizzling out after messing with southern Texas and northern Mexico. Plus there's another system way out in Atlantic being monitored -- more above in main post. ~ j

1-Aug-2020 8a ET - Hurricane Isaias (pronounced "ees-ah-EE-ahs") creeping across the Bahamas heading towards Florida as several hurricane and tropical storm warnings are now posted along east coast - more above.

3-Aug-2020 - Hurricane Isaias is making landfall tonight (Monday) in the Carolinas with dangerous winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge thru Tue (more above) -- stay safe! ~ j


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