Hurricane Isaias has reached North Carolina, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
The storm — which now has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph — struck Ocean Isle beach at 11:10 p.m. as a Category 1 hurricane. State authorities have already opened shelters.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced that he would not issue a mandatory evacuation, but that residents should continue to monitor the weather situation.
“Right now we’re hoping this storm will not hit us hard if it hits at all,” McMaster said. “At this time we have no intention at all of declaring any sort of evacuation.”
Prior to North Carolina, Isaias killed At least two people in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.