Hurricane Isaias lashes North Carolina coast

ABC News’ Rob Marciano reports from Wilmington, North Carolina, on the recovery efforts underway after the storm made landfall.
3:55 | 08/04/20

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We want to get right to the latest on that powerful tropical storm that is moving fast up the east coast right now, Amy. That's right, nearly half a million Americans losing power and Isaias making landfall as a category 1 hurricane lashing North Carolina. Their governor will be joining us live this morning. Let's take a look at the radar. There you see it targeting more cities including Washington, D.C., New York, Philadelphia and Boston. Parts of Virginia facing a flash flood threat right now. Rob Marciano starts us off from Wilmington, North Carolina, which took a direct hit last night. Good morning, rob. Good morning, George. Hurricanes that come in at night are by far the most terrifying and this one like Hanna ten days ago intensified as it made landfall. A different scene this morning, no doubt about that, this storm moving quickly, but last night at one point when the wind and waves were coming up they were crashing on this dune flattening this beach. Beach erosion a huge problem but that's the least of our worries as it drove inland leaving a trail of damage in its wake. Overnight hurricane Isaias wreaking havoc on the Carolina coast. Ushering in life-threatening storm surge flooding. Damaging winds reaching 85 miles per hour with scheidts of rain. The storm too fierce for me to report on camera. Sparks flying right before thousands lose power in Wilmington, North Carolina. Power is out. Reporter: An apocalyptic scene in ocean isle beach. I stepped out on the back porch and the sky was just completely red and it clearly smelled like smoke. And there were embers flying down the street. Reporter: Residents like Nate Thompson springing to action helping firefighters battle the flames. Trudging through the water. Just grabbed oxygen tanks and grabbing on to a hose, we're a family here we are so take care of each other. Reporter: Shelter in place was in order. Crews gearing up for rescue and damage assessment. A lot of trees down, wires down, almost 50% of our county is without power at this time. So we have roads blocked. We still have a lot of damage in our coastal communities. Reporter: In Oakland isle, North Carolina, riding it out in the dark. Probably about 11:00, came down here, looked. We had a stream of water coming from the back towards the front. House shook, first time I was in a house that ever shook. Reporter: Moving water and bringing sand inside filling homes with debris. In South Carolina, streets turned to rivers. Homes flooded, cars buried under sand after winds caused more than a four-foot storm surge. North of Myrtle Beach neighbors traversing knee high water in the dark soon to take shelter on the second floor as waters rose. Trees are down everywhere around difficult to get around. We spoke with the fire department trying to get out to do an assessment. Areas are give to get to because they require a ferry or boat or bridge that is shut down. This storm is moving quickly complaining with a strong jet stream so that's keeping its wind energy up and why we're seeing so much bad weather in front of it. It's not weakening all that quickly. The trail of this thing, we haven't seen a track like this impacting the entire east coast for a hurricane in over 50 years. Remarkable storm that we're not done with yet.

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