Isa­ias kills 9 peo­ple, leaves mil­lions with­out power

Storm made land­fall as hur­ri­cane in North Carolina

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Wy­atte Gran­tham-Philips

At least nine peo­ple were killed this week as Trop­i­cal Storm Isa­ias spawned tor­na­does, dumped rain and made land­fall as a hur­ri­cane on the East Coast.

Isa­ias tog­gled be­tween hur­ri­cane and trop­i­cal storm strength. It made land­fall as a hur­ri­cane Mon­day night near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, but was down­graded to a trop­i­cal storm Tues­day as it headed into Canada.

Isa­ias had sus­tained pre­vi­ous top winds of up to 65 mph for more than 18 hours after com­ing ashore.

Mil­lions of peo­ple across sev­eral states are still with­out power Wed­nes­day after power out­ages hit about 3.7 mil­lion cus­tomers late Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to Pow­erOu­tage.US.

The storm’s cen­ter was about 45 miles south­east of Mon­treal late Tues­day night. As of 5 a.m. EDT Wed­nes­day, Isa­ias was mov­ing north­east at about 28 mph, with a max­i­mum sus­tained wind of 40 mph, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter.

The storm was fore­cast to dis­si­pate over eastern Que­bec over the next day or so.

Here’s a break­down of what we know and what you can do to help:

9 con­firmed deaths in US

At least nine peo­ple have died after Trop­i­cal Storm Isa­ias tore through the U.S. East Coast.

Two peo­ple died when Isa­ias spun off a tor­nado that struck a North Carolina mo­bile home park. An­other per­son died in Penn­syl­va­nia when their ve­hi­cle was over­taken by wa­ter and swept down­stream.

Three oth­ers were killed by fall­ing trees top­pled by the storm in Mary­land, Con­necti­cut and New York City, and a sev­enth per­son died in Delaware when a tree branch fell, au­thor­i­ties said.

Late Tues­day evening, a woman was found dead in­side a New Hamp­shire house that had been crushed by a fallen tree.

The ninth vic­tim, a 5-year-old girl, had gone miss­ing from her Philadel­phia-area home dur­ing the height of the storm Tues­day and was found dead Wed­nes­day. Au­thor­i­ties said they be­lieved she was swept away by flood­wa­ters in the creek be­hind her house.

Mil­lions lose power

Power out­ages spread into Wed­nes­day, with more than 2.7 mil­lion cus­tomers still with­out power as of 1:30 p.m. EDT in mul­ti­ple states – in­clud­ing New Jersey, New York and Penn­syl­va­nia – ac­cord­ing to Pow­erOu­tage.US, which tracks util­ity re­ports.

New York City’s power util­ity said it saw more out­ages from Isa­ias than from any storm ex­cept Su­per­storm Sandy in 2012.

How to help after Isa­ias

The Amer­i­can Red Cross is re­spond­ing across the re­gion im­pacted by Isa­ias – from help­ing evac­uees and dis­tribut­ing food in the Ba­hamas, to open­ing 18 shel­ters to house North Carolina vic­tims.

You can do­nate to the Red Cross 2020 Hur­ri­cane re­lief ef­forts. You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS, text the word HUR­RI­CANES to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or visit red­cross.org to learn more.

The Sal­va­tion Army is also re­spond­ing in the af­ter­math of the storm: Fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions are needed to ef­fi­ciently re­spond to de­mand and sup­port economies through the pur­chase of goods, the Sal­va­tion Army said.

To help, con­tact your lo­cal Sal­va­tion Army or visit www.HelpSal­va­tionArmy.org. You can also do­nate by call­ing 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-7252769) to make a fi­nan­cial donation.

KEN BLEVINS/THE STAR-NEWS VIA AP

Res­i­dents look over their home in Oak Is­land, N.C., after Isa­ias came ashore in Brunswick County as a Cat­e­gory 1 hur­ri­cane on Mon­day night.

FRANK FRANKLIN II/AP

New York City Mayor Bill de Bla­sio talks with res­i­dents about dam­age from Trop­i­cal Storm Isa­ias in Queens on Tues­day.

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