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Fast-moving Tropical Storm Isaias whips by NYC, nearly 93,000 lose power

Storm barriers called Tiger Dams, were erected along South Street to protect the downtown financial district from an approaching tropical storm that will bring tides above flood levels. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

Heavy rain and wind from Tropical Storm Isaias bombarded New York City on Tuesday morning, but the fast-moving system has, so far, spared the five boroughs of its worst effects.

That’s not to say damage hasn’t been done. Thousands of New Yorkers lost power due to fallen wires and trees, according to Con Edison. That includes 17,000 customers in the Bronx, 28,000 customers on Staten Island, 15,500 customers in Brooklyn; and 33,000 customers in Queens.

Con Edison said in a press release that it brought in additional crews in advance of the storm to help quickly restore power to lost customers. Crews will venture out as conditions warrant.

To report a power outage, call 800-75-CONED or visit coned.com.

The five boroughs and much of the tri-state area remain under a tornado watch until 4 p.m. Aug. 4. The area continues to be under a tropical storm warning and a coastal flood watch.

After Isaias made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane on Monday night, it soon weakened back into a tropical storm. But it also started moving rapidly up the Eastern Seaboard.

Though previous forecasts indicated a more easterly track, Isaias’ storm center wound up taking a more inland route. Though New York City experienced periodic thunderstorms, much of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania wound up being walloped with heavy rain, wind and flooding.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the storm center was situated 65 miles west of New York City, and moving to the north-northeast at an expeditious 40 mph. The storm was forecast to become an extratropical low over Quebec early Wednesday morning.

Courtesy National Weather Service

Meanwhile, the city continues to keep an eye on possible coastal flooding associated with Isaias. Temporary dams and sandbags were set up in South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan to guard against any possible storm surge. 

Courtesy National Weather Service

Stay tuned to amNY.com today for the latest on Isaias.

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