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Two dead, coastal communities damaged as tropical storm Isaias roars through North Carolina, US by ASSOCIATED PRESS AND SPECTRUM NEWS STAFF August 04,2020   |  Source: Spectrum News

Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain during an inland march up the U.S. East Coast on Tuesday after making landfall as a hurricane along the North Carolina coast, where it piled boats against the docks and caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people.

At least two people were killed when one of its twisters hit a mobile home park.

Royce Potter, a fifth-generation seafood purveyor and owner of Potter’s Seafood in Southport, said he rode out the storm on a boat docked near his business after he got the impression from forecasters that his area would be spared.

“They got this wrong,” he said, visibly shaken. “I’ve ridden storms out here for years.”

Instead, the storm surge and wind gusts left dozens of boats piled up against the docks, and many decks facing out on the water were smashed. People were out Tuesday morning raking debris or picking it up with their hands and dropping it in trash cans.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper told ABC’s "Good Morning America" that one person was killed and others injured when a tornado hit a mobile home park in Bertie County, about 200 miles northeast of where Isaias made landfall. Bertie County officials said on Facebook that the tornado touched down in Windsor. State and local officials

 

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