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Florida feels first rain and winds of Tropical Storm Isaias

August 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Florida is now beginning to feel the first effects of a powerful storm system that is inching slowly in the state's direction.

(CNN)Florida is now beginning to feel the first effects of a powerful storm system that is inching slowly in the state's direction.

Forecasts show the storm making landfall between Charleston, South Carolina, and Myrtle Beach Monday overnight before continuing on to the Northeast, CNN meteorologist Rob Shackelford said.

The storm will also dump up to six inches of water over parts of the state.

In parts of the southern coast of the state, some isolated tornadoes could peel off roofs and snap off branches, the weather service said.

In preparation for the storm, North Carolina and Virginia declared states of emergency, allowing officials to move resources and equipment for recovery.

And in Florida, the governor issued a state of emergency for several counties and encouraged all parts of the state to accept evacuees so as not to overcrowd local shelters.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper authorized up to 150 members of the state's National Guard to be used if needed in hurricane response, a news release from the governor's office said.

State ferries were also assisting residents and visitors evacuate Ocracoke Island, where officials said there's potential for flooding and storm surge.

In South Carolina, where the governor hasn't ordered an emergency declaration, some local governments are gearing up for what the storm could bring.

North Myrtle Beach also declared a state of emergency Friday.

In Virginia, the governor issued a state of emergency and said high winds and flooding will likely impact parts of the state.

"This state of emergency will ensure localities and communities have the assistance they need to protect the safety of Virginians, particularly as we continue to deal with the Covid-19 crisis," the governor said in a statement.

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