BERGEN, N.J. – Thursday marked the third day that hundreds of thousands of North Jersey residents remain in the dark as the effects of Tropical Storm Isaias continue to leave many across the state without power.
Gov. Phil Murphy tempered expectations on power restoration at a press conference Wednesday, saying it will be a matter of „days instead of hours” before most of the roughly 977,000 customers get power back.
By Thursday morning, statewide numbers for New Jersey had roughly 550,000 without power, according to poweroutage.us, after a peak of 1.4 million on Tuesday. New York has more than 567,000 without power; Connecticut has 620,000. Power is also out in parts of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
At least nine deaths are attributable to the storm in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and New Hampshire.
Tropical Storm Isaias ripped through New Jersey with winds reaching close to 70 mph, causing a confirmed tornado in Cape May County and drenching the state in rain.
Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength. It made landfall as a hurricane Monday night near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, but was downgraded to a tropical storm Tuesday as it headed into Canada.
Isaias had sustained previous top winds of up to 65 mph for more than 18 hours after coming ashore.
Follow Anthony Zurita on Twitter: @AnthonyRZurita. Contributing: Nicholas Katzban, Bergen Record; Wyatte Grantham-Philips and Cara Richardson, USA TODAY.
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- NOAA announced Thursday that it expects an „extremely active” hurricane season.
- Scientists forecast an additional 10 to 16 named storms in addition to the nine that have already formed, including five to nine more hurricanes.
- The announcement came after Hurricane Isaias cut power and caused damage in many parts of the Caribbean and US East Coast.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects a rare, „extremely active” 2020 hurricane season, the agency announced on Thursday.
NOAA scientists predict the season will see 19 to 25 named storms in total, seven to 11 of which are projected to become hurricanes. Storms get names once their sustained wind speeds exceed 39 mph, then are considered hurricanes once winds hit 74 mph. A typical season has about 12 named storms, including six hurricanes.
„This is one of the most active seasonal forecasts that NOAA has produced in its 22-year history of hurricane outlooks,” US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a press release.
The updated outlook came just days after Hurricane Isaias swept through the Caribbean and up the US East Coast, causing more than 2 million power outages.
Already, the Atlantic hurricane season has seen nine named storms, two of which became hurricanes. So NOAA’s forecast suggests we could see 10 to 16 more named storms, five to nine of which may be hurricanes. Three to six of those are expected to become major hurricanes (category 3 or above).
Gerry Bell, a hurricane forecaster at NOAA, said storms this year are likely to be ” stronger and longer-lived” than average.
Climate change makes hurricane seasons longer and more intense
Isaias was the earliest named storm starting with „I” storm since NOAA began recording storm data — storms are named in alphabetical order each season. In a normal season, the ninth named storm wouldn’t form until October.
Isaias made landfall as a category 1 hurricane on Tuesday, then was downgraded to a tropical storm; it caused at least five deaths. Before it, Hurricane Hanna hit Texas as a category 1 hurricane on July 25. That was the earliest „H” storm on record, breaking the record set by Harvey in 2005.
This season in particular is expected to be highly active because of enhanced monsoons in western Africa, weaker winds and wind shear, and warmer sea surface temperatures, according to NOAA. That’s linked to climate change: Hurricanes use warm water as fuel, so they grow stronger when ocean temperatures are higher.
Prior research from NOAA found that each new decade over the last 40 years brought an 8% increase in the chance that a storm turns into a major hurricane. A 2013 study also showed that for each degree the planet warmed over the previous 40 years, the proportion of category 4 and 5 storms — the strongest hurricanes — increased by 25% to 30%.
In addition to making hurricanes stronger, climate change is also making them slower and wetter: Over the past 70 years, the speed of hurricanes and tropical storms has slowed about 10% on average, according to a 2018 study. Slower hurricanes, like Dorian last year, linger longer over the same area, causing greater damage than a faster-moving storm.