NAGS HEAD, N.C. – A look at the effects of Hurricane Isabel as it came ashore Thursday.
NORTH CAROLINA: President Bush declared a major disaster in North Carolina, where the hurricane made landfall along the Outer Banks (search). The death of an electrical worker was blamed on the storm. More than 700,000 customers were without electricity; more than 8,400 people went to shelters.
VIRGINIA: Bush declared a major disaster in Virginia, where high wind knocked out power for nearly 1.3 million customers. One traffic death was blamed on heavy rains. More than 8,000 people went to shelters. Emergency officials said a combination of high tide and storm surge could threaten the homes of about 215,000 people in low-lying areas of Norfolk and Portsmouth.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The federal government shut down Friday for a second day. Metro subway and bus service were suspended through at least Friday morning and city schools were closed. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (search) declared a state of emergency.
MARYLAND: Western Maryland prepared for up to 10 inches of rain while people fled low-lying areas in the east. A motorist's death was blamed on the storm. Gov. Robert Ehrlich said 630 National Guard troops were on active duty and 540,000 sandbags were prepared. Officials said a historic bridge at the Antietam National Battlefield (search), weakened by a storm two weeks ago, was in danger of suffering further damage.
DELAWARE: The National Guard was activated, with about 100 troops standing by at armories and emergency operations centers. More than 150 people sought refuge in seven shelters. Officials worried that dunes at Indian River Inlet (search) could be breached, flooding coastal U.S. 1.
NEW JERSEY: Extra utility workers were brought in from as far as Canada in case of outages. Ferry service was suspended across Delaware River between Cape May and Lewes, Del. Atlantic City casinos sandbagged Boardwalk entrances.
NEW YORK: Some schools in southern New York announced they would be closed Friday. In Buffalo, all flights to New York City and Washington, D.C., were canceled Thursday. There were about 20 cancellations at Kennedy International, while travelers at LaGuardia airport were experiencing delays of up to two hours. On Long Island, officials were prepared for an emergency, but said it appeared there would be little problem beyond some coastal erosion. Officials in western counties checked emergency plans as the storm's vestiges were expected to produce heavy rain.
PENNSYLVANIA: Power companies across Pennsylvania were seeing scattered outages believed to be caused by wind. About 11,000 outages were reported in PECO Energy's territory in southeastern Pennsylvania. One storm-related injury was reported in Philadelphia. A 58-year-old man was knocked unconscious when a sign blew over and fell on him, emergency officials said.
WEST VIRGINIA: Eastern Panhandle counties prepared for possible flooding and the U.S. Geological Survey warned of possible landslides caused by heavy rain. Many schools closed in the Eastern Panhandle.
SOUTH CAROLINA: The fringes of the storm reached into South Carolina, bringing brisk winds and occasional bands of rain but little more. Although forecasters warned that winds of as much as 45 mph could sweep the area, gusts never got over 30 mph along the coast and the Pee Dee region, the National Weather Service said. Both Florence and the Myrtle Beach area got less than an inch of rain.