Isa­ias bat­ters U.S. North­east

Trop­i­cal Storm brings with it rare tor­na­does

The Province - - NEWS - JONATHAN ALLEN and MARIA CASPANI

NEW YORK — Trop­i­cal Storm Isa­ias trig­gered rare tor­na­does and knocked out power as it raced up the U.S. East Coast Tues­day, killing at least one man in New York City and two oth­ers in North Carolina where a twister oblit­er­ated a mo­bile home park.

The fast-mov­ing storm over­turned cars, flooded streets and top­pled power lines, leav­ing at least 1.4 mil­lion cus­tomers with­out elec­tric­ity from North Carolina to New York.

In a coun­try al­ready reel­ing from the coro­n­avirus, New York state of­fi­cials shut down test­ing cen­tres for COVID-19 as a pre­cau­tion. Stunned north­east­ern­ers gawked at tor­na­does touch­ing down and re­coiled as of­fi­cials an­nounced warn­ings for a phe­nom­e­non more com­mon in the South or Mid­west.

New York City, much of New Jersey, all of Mas­sachusetts and other parts of New Eng­land went un­der a tor­nado watch.

So­cial me­dia images showed tor­na­does in Cape May, Marmora and Long Beach Is­land along New Jersey’s south­ern shore, and tor­nado dam­age in Dover, Del.

In Bear, Del., Tammy Trelford Cam­pos said she was ter­ri­fied to hear a tor­nado de­stroy her back­yard.

“The dam­age is crazy. No power, al­most all my trees are split or up­rooted, wa­ter is com­ing in all win­dows,” she said on Face­book.

The cen­tre of the storm skirted west of New York City and was about 160 km to the north­west as of 3 p.m., the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter said.

One man died in the bor­ough of Queens when a tree fell on his car and crushed it, of­fi­cials said.

The storm made land­fall as a hur­ri­cane in North Carolina late Mon­day, killing two peo­ple at a mo­bile home park that was re­duced to a field of de­bris.

SPENCER PLATT/GETTY IMAGES

Two pedes­tri­ans on the Coney Is­land board­walk in New York are whipped by Trop­i­cal Storm Isa­ias as it churns up the East Coast Tues­day.

GETTY IMAGES

A downed tree blocks a road in a Brook­lyn neigh­bour­hood af­ter Isa­ias blew through the city.

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