Carolinas prepare for Tropical Storm Isaias

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper gives an update on North Carolina’s preparations for Tropical Storm Isaias during a press conference in the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

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UPDATED 9:22 AM PT — Monday, August 3, 2020

The National Hurricane Center has predicted Tropical Storm Isaias will strengthen into a hurricane again when it approaches the Carolinas.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) declared a state of emergency in preparation for the storm, which is expected to hit the state either Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Residents have been ordered to evacuate inland where they could stay in a hotel or at an emergency shelter. Cooper assured there would be different sheltering options available for those who tested positive for COVID-19.

“Just because it’s now categorized as a tropical storm doesn’t change its potential threat,” he stated. “I’ve declared a state of emergency and we have received federal emergency declaration for 25 counties so far.”

A hurricane warning has been issued for parts of the Carolinas and a tropical storm warning has been extended as far north as Rhode Island.

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