The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for Bladen County on Sunday as Tropical Storm Isaias moves toward North Carolina. The warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected within the area within the next 36 hours.
The forecast calls for the possibility of winds between 45 and 55 mph with gusts up to 70 mph beginning Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon
As of 5 a.m. Monday, Isaias was about 280 miles south-southwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with winds as high as 70 mph. The storm was moving north at 9 mph.
Isaias is expected to pass east of the Georgia coast Monday morning, then approach the coast of northeastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina later Monday. The center is expected to move inland over eastern North Carolina on Monday night.
The most significant impacts are expected to occur late Monday into Tuesday morning. These impacts include the potential for tornadoes and tropical storm force winds, mainly east of I-95, along with heavy rainfall.
A combination of onshore winds and elevated tides could lead to minor to moderate coastal inundation, especially in coastal Brunswick County and points southward. Significant marine impacts are expected due to tropical storm force winds, high seas, dangerous rip currents, and high surf.
The National Weather Service also has issued a flash flood watch that includes Bladen County from Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon because of excessive rainfall expected from Isaias.