2020 has a been a rough year for everyone. People living on the East Coast are no exception; as the coronavirus initially battered New England, and is now rampant in the Southeast, things have been grim. Now, the coast prepares for the fallout from the landfall of Hurricane Isaias. The tropical storm strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane over Monday night before making landfall in North Carolina. Since its landfall, it has slowed back down to a tropical storm.
In either case, however, the storm is carrying serious rainfall and windspeed. The East Coast is preparing for flooding rains, damaging winds, major storms and even short-lived tornadoes. The storm had already torn through the Caribbean on its way north and east before making landfall in the US. Islands in the Bahamas, Hispaniola and the Virgin Islands all felt some of the storm’s fury as it rumbled across the sea.
East Coast Prepares for Storm
The East Coast, no stranger to being battered by tropical storms, prepares for the rain and wind as the storm looms over them. Florida, Georgia and South Carolina were brushed by the rainfall of the storm on Sunday and Monday. By the time the storm made proper landfall in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, it had progressed to a full-blown hurricane.
Gusts exceeding 74 MPH were recorded in and around North Carolina as the storm thundered over land. Oak Island, North Carolina, was subjected to intense and immediate flooding just after the storm made landfall. Notably, Isaias is the earliest storm to be named ninth in Atlantic storm history. This means that Isaias is occurring in the midst of an historically active hurricane season.
Why Have There Been So Many Storms?
Recently, hurricane seasons have proven to break record after record. Storms are becoming more frequent. Among them, storms that do occur are often stronger than in previous years. Why have there been so many storms, and why are they getting stronger every year? Well, there are a few theories.
Most of them revolve around global climate change. Scientists are fairly certain that the warming global temperatures are playing havoc with existing weather patterns. This, in turn, may be causing the sudden uptick in hurricanes and their power. After all, hurricanes develop when hot air and cold air meet over the ocean and develop into a meteorological engine. The greater the disparity in air fronts, the greater the power of the storm.