Watch Isaias light up sky with thunder storm so spectacular it was seen from space

NOAA

Hurricane Isaias made landfall late Monday night just east of the border between North and South Carolina.

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the storm surge pushed tide levels to the third-highest point on record. On Oak Island, North Carolina storm surge flooding trapped people on the second floor of their homes as gusts hit 87 mph. Isaias (pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs) is the earliest “I” (9th) storm on record in a season that has also brought the earliest-forming C, E, F and G storms in the Atlantic.

“We still have three months of prime hurricane season to go, and we’re already on storm No. 9,” Delaware State Climatologist Daniel Leathers told Delaware Online. Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm early Tuesday morning but is expected to continue up the East Coast with sustained strength from exceptionally warm ocean temperatures fueled by climate change.

Forecasters predict Isaias will essentially travel up I-95, hitting Washington, D.C., Philadelphia (60-65 mph winds) and New York (65-70 mph winds) today, and eventually New England as well. The storm also produced a lightning storm so spectacular it could be seen from space.

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