Tropical Storm Isaias is predicted to affect the Eastern Shore Tuesday morning. The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and predicts the center of the tropical storm will pass just west of the Eastern Shore sometime Tuesday morning. The storm is expected to intensify as it moves up the coast becoming a hurricane when it hits the Carolina Coast sometime tonight. The center of the storm will move inland over North Carolina which could result in a less intense tropical storm as it moves past our area. The heaviest rains are predicted to occur in central Virginia. The Eastern Shore should experience rains in the 1-2inch range. This should not cause widespread fresh water flooding. Tropical storm winds with gusts in the 60+ mph. range should appear around mid morning on Tuesday.
Eastern Shore residents should take some precautions. While both counties and Chincoteague are keeping an eye on Isaias, no shelter openings have been announced at this time.
Still, residents should take these precautions:
Secure loose items around the outside of your home.
Make sure your boat is secure and make especially sure that your dock lines are in good shape. If you can trailer your boat it might be a good idea to pull it up.
Remember a minor change in the anticipated path of the storm could result in a significant change in the predicted rainfall amounts . We will continue to monitor the storm. Check in with shoredailynews.com frequently today and Monday for any updates.
As the storm approaches, swimmers should avoid the seaside beaches and boaters should not venture out in to the ocean.