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Isaias to Bring Rain, Wind to Northeast

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A tropical storm warning has been issued for Massachusetts and Connecticut as now-Hurricane Isaias was nearing landfall along the Carolinas' coasts. Rain in the region is expected to start during the night on Monday and continue through Wednesday.
"Along and just northwest of the I-95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England, heavy windblown rain with embedded thunderstorms will be the central theme from Isaias," AccuWeather Northeast weather expert Elliot Abrams said on Monday. 
Isaias is expected to make landfall Monday night as a Category 1 and shift inland, with Accuweather saying the eye of what should then be a tropical storm moving north over the Berkshires by late Tuesday. The National Weather Service in Albany is says it will impact southeast New York by Tuesday night and New England by early Wednesday morning. 
"Confidence is increasing with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts," according to NWS. "Locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are the main impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias."
Depending on the storm's track and intensity, there is the potential for moderate to heavy rain and flooding. High winds could mean damage to roofs and siding, downed trees and lines, and other debris in the roads. 
The storm will be accompanied by a drop in temperatures overnight on Monday and with a forecast Tuesday in the mid-60s with rain. Accuweather is predicting rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches over the Berkshires and Southern Vermont by mid-afternoon on Tuesday and winds of up to 39 mph by 7 p.m.
The tropical storm warning remains in effect. NWS predicts heavy rainfall and gusty winds are the main impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias. There is a chance some of the thunderstorms could produce isolated tornadoes this afternoon into early tonight.

A total of 1 to 4 inches of rainfall is likely. Showers and embedded thunderstorms will become heavier this afternoon into this evening. The strongest winds are also expected this afternoon into this evening.

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