NC Coastal Communities Prepare For Possible Impact Of Hurricane Isaias

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This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at 9:40 a.m. EDT., and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Isaias over the Bahamas. Hurricane Isaias snapped trees and knocked out power as it blew through the Bahamas on Saturday and headed toward the Florida coast, where officials said they were closing beaches, parks and coronavirus testing sites.
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Updated at 12:16 p.m. on Aug. 1

Dare County officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation for all visitors on Hatteras Island ahead of Hurricane Isaias. That evacuation began at noon Saturday. A mandatory evacuation for all residents and property owners goes into effect at 6 a.m. on Sunday.

The order is for evacuation Area "A." The order covers all areas of Hatteras Island, including the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village. An evacuation order is also in effect for Ocracoke Island, which was slammed by last year’s Hurricane Dorian.

Dare County officials will meet Sunday morning to discuss evacuation orders for other areas of Dare County.

Hurricane Isaias has snapped trees and knocked out power while blowing through the Bahamas on Saturday. It's headed toward the Florida coast, where officials have closed beaches, parks and coronavirus testing sites.

Florida authorities say they've prepared shelters, but so far don't expect to have to evacuate people. On Friday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency to help the state prepare for the hurricane.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph Saturday morning and some strengthening was possible. It was centered about 50 miles south of Nassau in the Bahamas.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.