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Isaias has light touch in Southside after North Carolina landfall / August 05, 2020

Hurricane Isaias made landfall in North Carolina shortly after 11 p.m. Monday and quickly weakened to a tropical storm as it traveled north. Even with rainfall totals that topped out at four inches in parts of Mecklenburg County and wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph, the storm had minimal impact locally.

It did bring some much-needed rain for crops that were struggling under abnormally dry conditions. The U.S. drought monitor reported abnormally dry conditions for Mecklenburg County ahead of the storm, which blew through the area Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Friday ahead of the storm’s arrival and the National Weather Service in Wakefield issued flood warnings.

Scattered downpours increased across Virginia for most of Monday afternoon and evening, but the storm’s steadiest rain fell overnight.

By Tuesday morning the storm had moved out of Southside Virginia as it continued its trek north to Richmond, Washington, D.C., and points beyond. As of 10:30 a.m. the National Weather Service in Wakefield was reporting that the storm was centered over eastern Maryland, and would continue to track north northeast into New England through the afternoon and evening.

Isaias’ passage brought improved weather conditions to the region and more typical summer conditions for Wednesday through Friday.

Crews with Dominion Energy and Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative worked overnight and into the early morning to restore power to the more than 3,500 customers in the area who lost power. Most of those were north and east of Mecklenburg County.

By 7 a.m., Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative reported 13 customers in Mecklenburg County were without power and Dominion said there were another 58 of its customers. By 2 p.m. power was fully restored to homes in Mecklenburg County.

Work was continuing in Brunswick County where more than 400 MEC customers and another 140 Dominion Energy customers were powerless due to downed power lines and falling tree limbs.

Areas along Virginia’s Eastern Shore were the hardest hit by the storm as Isaias passed through the Commonwealth. Chesapeake-area residents were without power after a transformer caught fire. It is believed that a tornado ripped through Courtland in Southampton County and the cities of Suffolk, Newport News and Portsmouth, shearing the tops from trees, tearing off roofs, toppling walls of buildings and overturning large trucks.

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