NORTH CAROLINA -- Hurricane Isaias made landfall as a Category 1 near Ocean Isle Beach in Brunswick County at 11:10 pm on Monday, August 3, 2020, with sustained winds of 85 mph.

What You Need To Know

  • Isaias was the third hurricane to make landfall in NC in less than two years

  • The peak wind gust recorded in the state was 99 mph

  • Isaias produced six tornadoes, including a deadly EF-3 twister in Bertie County

Peak Wind Gusts

Boats are piled on each other in the marina following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, NC on August 4, 2020. (AP/Gerry Broome)

The peak wind gust in the state of 99 mph occurred at Federal Point in New Hanover County. 

Other peak winds include:

  • Oak Island (Brunswick): 87 mph​
  • Wilmington (New Hanover): 73 mph
  • Jennette's Pier (Nags Head - Dare): 75 mph
  • Avon (Dare): 72 mph
  • Jacksonville (Onslow): 69 mph
  • Indian Beach (Cartaret): 68 mph


Debris left from an EF-3 tornado that struck Bertie County, NC on August 4, 2020 as Hurricane Isaias moved through.

Isaias produced six confirmed tornadoes in the state.

In Bertie County, a deadly EF-3 tornado touched down at 1:15 a.m. on August 4, 2020. The tornado killed two and injured 14 near the town of Windsor. The tornado carved a ten mile path of destruction and grew as wide as six football fields.

In Brunswick County, an EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 105 mph hit Bald Head Island, causing an 8.3 mile damage path. Another EF-1 tornado struck Belville with estimated winds of 104 mph. The weakest of the three in Brunswick County occurred in Bolivia with winds of 70 mph. No injuries were reported.

In Beaufort County, an EF-1 touched down near Bayview for less than one mile with winds up to 105 mph.

In Hertford County, an EF-0 struck at 1:11 a.m. on August 4, 2020 with maximum winds of 75 mph. 


A couple walks in floodwater along Ocean Drive following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Caswell Beach, NC on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. (AP/Gerry Broome)

Isaias quickly moved through the state, limiting the amount of flooding that we experienced. The highest official rainfall recorded was 5.06" in Oxford, about 30 minutes north of Durham.

The Outer Banks received as little as 0.35" from the system.