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Storm Isaias: Six dead as tornadoes and heavy rainfall ravage US east coast



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At least six people have been killed as Storm Isaias continues to sweep across the US east coast.

Isaias had earlier made landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people.

But after it was downgraded to a tropical storm, Isaias continued to wreak having on Tuesday, spawning tornadoes and dumping heavy rain as it travelled north.

Two people died when the storm created a tornado that struck a North Carolina mobile home park.

Storm Isaias wreaks havoc on the US east coast – In pictures

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A waterfront dock shows damage following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C.

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A waterfront dock shows damage following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C.

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A satellite image shows Tropical Storm Isaias as it progresses over the northeast United States

via REUTERS

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A Philadelphia police officer rushes to help a stranded motorist during Tropical Storm Isaias

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A motorist drives through a flooded intersection during Tropical Storm Isaias in Philadelphia

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A man checks on a stranded vehicle during Tropical Storm Isaias

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First Baptist Church on W. 38th Street was damaged after Hurricane Isaias passed Hampton Roads early Tuesday morning in Norfolk, Virginia

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Residents walk through the rain as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches New York City

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A man walks past a damaged house with a chainsaw in the Riverview neighborhood of Suffolk

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Work crews clean up debris from a damaged pier after Hurricane Isaias came through the night before

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Several homes in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. burned as Tropical Storm Isaias came ashore

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Damage seen in lower Manhattan

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A person who was injured while trying to secure barriers meant to block flood waters at a building at Water and State Streets in lower Manhattan

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People deal with high winds as they move equipment across Water Street in lower Manhattan

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The Coney Island boardwalk stands mostly empty

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Downed trees on a car and truck block a road in a Brooklyn neighbourhood

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Residents try to move a downed tree blocking a road in Brooklyn

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Officials observe a van where a person died as it was damaged by a fallen tree as Tropical Storm Isaias moved past New York

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People look at a fallen tree on a car in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias in the Rockaway area of Queens in New York City

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Fire fighters respond to a call in Brooklyn Heights after Tropical Storm Isaias approached New York City

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Philadelphia firefighters drive through a flooded neighborhood during Tropical Storm

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A woman pushes a bike through a flooded neighborhood during Tropical Storm Isaias

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A woman struggles with an umbrella as she walks through Times Square

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Power lines criss-cross at street level after Tropical Storm Isaias

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A waterfront dock shows damage following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C.

AP

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A waterfront dock shows damage following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C.

AP

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A satellite image shows Tropical Storm Isaias as it progresses over the northeast United States

via REUTERS

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A Philadelphia police officer rushes to help a stranded motorist during Tropical Storm Isaias

AP

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A motorist drives through a flooded intersection during Tropical Storm Isaias in Philadelphia

AP

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A man checks on a stranded vehicle during Tropical Storm Isaias

AP

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First Baptist Church on W. 38th Street was damaged after Hurricane Isaias passed Hampton Roads early Tuesday morning in Norfolk, Virginia

AP

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Residents walk through the rain as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches New York City

AFP via Getty Images

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A man walks past a damaged house with a chainsaw in the Riverview neighborhood of Suffolk

AP

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Work crews clean up debris from a damaged pier after Hurricane Isaias came through the night before

Getty Images

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Several homes in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. burned as Tropical Storm Isaias came ashore

AP

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Damage seen in lower Manhattan

AP

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A person who was injured while trying to secure barriers meant to block flood waters at a building at Water and State Streets in lower Manhattan

AP

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People deal with high winds as they move equipment across Water Street in lower Manhattan

AP

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The Coney Island boardwalk stands mostly empty

Getty Images

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Downed trees on a car and truck block a road in a Brooklyn neighbourhood

Getty Images

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Residents try to move a downed tree blocking a road in Brooklyn

Getty Images

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Officials observe a van where a person died as it was damaged by a fallen tree as Tropical Storm Isaias moved past New York

AP

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People look at a fallen tree on a car in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias in the Rockaway area of Queens in New York City

REUTERS

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Fire fighters respond to a call in Brooklyn Heights after Tropical Storm Isaias approached New York City

AFP via Getty Images

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Philadelphia firefighters drive through a flooded neighborhood during Tropical Storm

AP

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A woman pushes a bike through a flooded neighborhood during Tropical Storm Isaias

AP

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A woman struggles with an umbrella as she walks through Times Square

REUTERS

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Power lines criss-cross at street level after Tropical Storm Isaias

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Another died in Pennsylvania when their vehicle was overtaken by water and swept downstream.

Two others were killed by falling trees toppled by the storm in Maryland and New York City and a sixth person died in Delaware when a tree branch fell on them, authorities said.

A destroyed house after Storm Isaias swept across the US east coast(AP)

Isaias sustained top winds of up to 65mph more than 18 hours after crossing the coast, but it was down to 45mph winds late on Tuesday night, according to the National Hurricane Centre.

The storm’s centre was some 45 miles south-east of Montreal, moving northeast into Canada.

As Isaias sped northward, flooding threats followed.

A person who was injured while trying to secure barriers meant to block flood waters at a building at Water and State Streets in lower Manhattan is transported after being injured (AP)

The Schuylkill River in Philadelphia was projected to crest early on Wednesday at 15.4ft (4.7m), its highest level in more than 150 years.

Aerial video by WRAL-TV showed fields of debris where rescue workers in brightly coloured shirts picked through splintered boards and other wreckage of the Windsor, North Carolina, mobile home park where two people were killed.

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Emergency responders searching the area found no other casualties.

Several people initially feared missing had all been accounted for, said Ron Wesson, chairman of the Bertie County Board of Commissioners.

“It doesn’t look real; it looks like something on TV. Nothing is there,” Bertie County Sheriff John Holley told reporters, saying 10 mobile homes had been destroyed.

“All my officers are down there at this time. Pretty much the entire trailer park is gone.”

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