Tropical Storm Isaias was expected to regain hurricane strength on Monday as it moved up the U.S. East Coast, threatening a deadly storm surge before making landfall in North Carolina or South Carolina by Monday night. The National Hurricane Center forecast a path that could soak major cities such as Washington, Philadelphia and New York on Tuesday.
Isaias was forecast to be near hurricane strength as it approached the Carolinas Monday, just a day after bands of heavy rain from the tropical storm lashed Florida's east coast. Officials dealing with surging cases of the coronavirus in Florida kept a close watch on the storm that was weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon, but still brought heavy rain and flooding. Parts of the Carolinas were due for up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain, storm surge and possible tornadoes Monday.
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Bands of rain from Isaias soaked portions of Florida's east coast Sunday morning as the tropical storm slowly spun just offshore.