Isaias downgraded over North Carolina as East Coast braces for flooding

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Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in North Carolina near Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., but later downgraded 

Hurricane Isaias made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina on Monday night as it strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The storm made landfall around 11:10 p.m with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. The NHC warned oceanside residents to brace for storm surge up to 5 feet and up to 8 inches of rain as it traveled up the coast. The storm now has maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

“All those rains could produce flash flooding across portions of the eastern Carolinas and mid-Atlantic, and even in the northeast U.S.,” said Daniel Brown, senior hurricane specialist at the NHC.

The NHC said that strong winds and heavy rainfall are likely in those areas during the day on Tuesday. CLICK HERE FOR MORE OF OUR TOP STORY.

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Speakers will include Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli, journalist Andy Ngo and law professor Jonathan Turley. It comes after two months of protests and violent riots hit downtown Portland, where rioters have attacked the Hatfield Courthouse and clashed with federal law enforcement protecting it. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

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