Hurricane Isaias formed late on July 30 as a Category 1 hurricane. The storm passed through Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands causing heavy rain and wind gusts, however impacts were minimal. The center of the storm moved over The Bahamas on Saturday, August 1. On August 2 Isaias passed near the Florida peninsula as it continued rapidly up the east coast. Isaias weakened to a Tropical Storm after passing over the Bahamas, but strengthened again as it moved along the Florida coast and made landfall in the Carolinas as a Category 1 Hurricane. The coastal path of the storm brought fierce winds, tornadoes, major rainfall and flooding up the east coast with the worst effects of the storm closing roads and causing widespread damage. Millions of people were left without power as the fast moving and deadly storm left a trail of destruction all the way through the Northeast. It may be days before full power is restored in some areas.
The Emergency Team monitored the storm as it moved up the east coast and is prepared to respond if unmet health needs are identified. The team is in close coordination with VOAD at the national and state level and is in communication with response partners. Our teams in the Bahamas and Puerto Rico report they are safe and evaluating any needs that arise after the storm passed through.