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Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to start impacting Delaware Monday night, bringing strong winds and heavy rain capable of flash flooding.
The National Weather Service on Monday upgraded Delaware from a tropical storm watch to a warning, in effect until Tuesday night. The basic difference between the distinctions is that storm conditions are considered possible when under a watch, but expected under a warning.
A flash flood watch is also in place for the entire state.
Tropical storm force winds, producing gusts of up to 70 mph, are likely to arrive along the I-95 corridor mid-to-late Tuesday morning. It's possible that strong winds could come as early as daybreak Tuesday. The timing of the storm has moved up slightly since Sunday, the National Weather Service said, with the brunt of the storm expected to pass by Tuesday night.
According to the National Weather Service, Delaware residents should be prepared for tree damage and power outages, as well as isolated instances of structural damage near the coast where wind gusts near hurricane strength are possible.
The National Weather Service is predicting Delaware will receive between two and six inches of rain, beginning Monday night. Their greatest concern is heavy rain leading to flash flooding. There is potential for one to three feet of storm surge inundation in certain areas. Increased swells and rip currents are also expected until at least Wednesday.
Isaias presented less of a threat than initially anticipated when it reached southeast Florida Sunday, but still produced strong wind gusts and rain. The storm then moved off the coast.
It is now expected to make landfall Monday night as a hurricane in the Carolinas.
Potentially life-threatening storm surges as possible there, according to the National Hurricane Center. The primary concern in the mid-Atlantic and in the Northeast is flash flooding — watches have been posted all the way to New England.
Ahead of the storm, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency recommends securing loose items in your yard or outside the home, making a list of utility provider contacts and making a plan for how to stay cool if you lose power. The agency says you should know the location of your utility shutoffs and treat down power lines as if they are live.