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Hurricane Isabel
Category 5 hurricane

Hurricane Isabel east of the Bahamas on Sept. 15, 2003. (NASA)
Formed September 6, 2003
Dissipated September 20, 2003
Highest winds 165 mph (270 km/h) sustained
Lowest pressure 915 mbar (hPa)
Damages $3.37 billion (2003 USD) $3.7 billion (2005 USD)
Fatalities 53 total (16 direct, 37 indirect)
Areas affected North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, western New England, southern Ontario
Part of the
2003 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Isabel was the ninth named storm, the fifth hurricane, the second major hurricane, and the only Category 5 hurricane of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season. It made landfall on September 18, 2003 just south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Official reports state that 53 people died as a result of the storm (16 directly), with an official damage estimate of $3.37 billion (2003 US dollars). The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a scale classifying most Western Hemisphere tropical cyclones that exceed the levels of tropical depression and tropical storm and thereby become hurricanes. ... Download high resolution version (600x776, 142 KB)Hurricane Isabel east of the Bahamas 2003-09-15. ... This article is about the day of the year. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Miles per hour is a unit of speed, expressing the number of international miles covered per hour. ... Kilometre per hour (American spelling: kilometer per hour) is a unit of both speed (scalar) and velocity (vector). ... A millibar (mbar, also mb) is 1/1000th of a bar, a unit for measurement of pressure. ... HPA means Physiology Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis: The hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands work together to regulate hormone levels and maintain homeostasis. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 805 km 240 km 9. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 320 km 690 km 7. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 41st 62,809 km² 210 km 385 km 0. ... Official language(s) None Capital Dover Largest city Wilmington Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 49th 6,452 km² 48 km 161 km 21. ... Official language(s) None Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 42nd 32,160 km² 145 km 400 km 21 37°53N to 39°43N 75°4W to 79°33W Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 19th 5,296,486 165... ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 33rd 119,283 km² 255 km 455 km 2. ... Official language(s) None defined, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 47th 22,608 km² 110 km 240 km 14. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... The states of New England are Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English (French has some legal status, and is an official language of Canada, but is not fully co-official at the provincial level) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton... First storm formed: April 20, 2003 Last storm dissipated: Dec. ... This article is about weather phenomena. ... The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a scale classifying most Western Hemisphere tropical cyclones that exceed the levels of tropical depression and tropical storm and thereby become hurricanes. ... First storm formed: April 20, 2003 Last storm dissipated: Dec. ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An aerial view of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Cape Hatteras is a cape on the coast of North Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 805 km 240 km 9. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...

Contents


Storm history

Storm path
Storm path

On 1 September 2003, a small tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa. It organized itself over the next few days, becoming a tropical depression on the evening of 5 September. The storm continued strengthening and became Tropical Storm Isabel early on the 6th. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x633, 196 KB) Summary Hurricane Isabel (2003) track. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x633, 196 KB) Summary Hurricane Isabel (2003) track. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Easterly wave be merged into this article or section. ... A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second largest and second most populous continent, after Asia. ... September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years). ...


While churning in the western Atlantic, winds peaked at 165 mph (270 km/h), classifying it as a very deadly Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, the highest possible rating. Clouds associated with Isabel covered an area of 275,000 mi² (712,000 km²), roughly the size of Texas. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a scale classifying most Western Hemisphere tropical cyclones that exceed the levels of tropical depression and tropical storm and thereby become hurricanes. ... Official language(s) None. ...


Isabel made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 mph (160 km/h) on September 18. Winds of hurricane force extended out 120 miles (200 km) from the center of the storm at landfall at least tropical storm force extended out nearly 350 miles (560 km) from the center of the storm until dissipation. [1] The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a scale classifying hurricanes by the intensity of their sustained winds, developed in 1969 by civil engineer Herbert Saffir and National Hurricane Center director Bob Simpson. ... Miles per hour is a unit of speed, expressing the number of international miles covered per hour. ... Kilometre per hour (American spelling: kilometer per hour) is a unit of both speed (scalar) and velocity (vector). ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ...


That evening, Isabel's sustained wind speed decreased to 70 mph (110 km/h) as it moved inland, and the system was downgraded to a tropical storm. After coming ashore, Isabel began to accelerate to the north. While in the Atlantic, Isabel plodded along at around 8 mph (13 km/h), but it was moving at around 14 mph (23 km/h) at landfall and was moving at around 24 mph (39 km/h) as it moved through western Virginia.


By 8 am on September 19, the storm center was 25 miles east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and rain from the storm was falling in Ontario. September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years). ... Pittsburgh skyline as viewed from Mount Washington Pittsburgh is a city in Western Pennsylvania, United States, and the county seat of Allegheny County. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English (French has some legal status, and is an official language of Canada, but is not fully co-official at the provincial level) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton...


Preparations

By September 16, a stable and consistent series of tracking forecasts indicated Isabel was most likely to strike Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and possibly bring hurricane- or near-hurricane-force conditions to the Chesapeake Bay region, central Virginia, and Washington, D.C. by midnight that night. It was later expected to bring tropical storm conditions to Buffalo, New York, Lake Erie, and Toronto and to become extratropical over the southern Hudson Bay by late Saturday. September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ... Prediction of future events is an ancient human wish. ... An aerial view of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Cape Hatteras is a cape on the coast of North Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 805 km 240 km 9. ... Chesapeake Bay - Landsat photo The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 320 km 690 km 7. ... Nickname: the District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Official website: http://www. ... This article is about weather phenomena. ... Official website: Buffalo, NY Location Location of Buffalo in New York State Government County Erie County Mayor Byron Brown Geographical characteristics Area Total 136. ... Lake Erie, looking southward from a high rural bluff near Leamington, Ontario Lake Erie (pronounced ) is one of the five large freshwater Great Lakes in North America, which are among the largest in the world. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Established: March 6, 1834 Area: East to West: 43 km North to South: 21 km629. ... Extratropical is a term used in advisories and tropical summaries to indicate that a cyclone has lost its tropical characteristics. ... Hudson Bay, Canada. ...


The U.S. military began moving ships out to sea, including 40 based in the Norfolk, Virginia area to avoid being battered against piers. The Air Force began moving planes from its bases along the coast to bases further inland. The armed forces (or armed services) of the United States of America consist of the United States Army United States Marine Corps United States Navy United States Air Force United States Coast Guard Approximately 1. ... Nickname: Motto: Crescas (Latin for, Thou shalt grow. ... An air force is a military organization that primarily operates in aerial warfare. ...

Hurricane Isabel as seen from the International Space Station. (NASA)
Hurricane Isabel as seen from the International Space Station. (NASA)

All 921 residents of Ocracoke Island along North Carolina's vulnerable Outer Banks were ordered to begin evacuating on the afternoon of September 15. On that same day, the state of Virginia declared a state of emergency to allow emergency services to prepare for the expected landfall of Isabel[2]. Schools and businesses in Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and other Mid-Atlantic states closed prior to Isabel's arrival to allow time to prepare; hardware and home improvement stores reported brisk business of plywood, flashlights, batteries, and portable generators, as residents prepared for the storm's potential impact. Download high resolution version (1280x844, 191 KB)Hurricane Isabel from the International Space Station. ... Download high resolution version (1280x844, 191 KB)Hurricane Isabel from the International Space Station. ... ISS Statistics Crew: 2 As of August 21, 2005 Perigee: 352. ... Ocracoke is a census-designated place and town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, in Hyde County, North Carolina. ... North Carolinas Outer Banks separating the Atlantic Ocean (east) from Albemarle Sound (north) and Pamlico Sound (south). ... September 15 is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years). ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 320 km 690 km 7. ... State of emergency - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Nickname: the District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Official website: http://www. ... Official language(s) None Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 42nd 32,160 km² 145 km 400 km 21 37°53N to 39°43N 75°4W to 79°33W Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 19th 5,296,486 165... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 805 km 240 km 9. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 320 km 690 km 7. ... The Mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America, located in the northeastern section of the country, includes the following states and district: Delaware Maryland New Jersey New York Pennsylvania Washington, D.C. West Virginia Virginia These areas provided the young United States with heavy industry and served as...


The federal government was closed to all non-essential personnel in Washington, D.C., as employees and residents stayed home and prepared for the storm's fury. This was the first time that the federal government was closed due to the threat of a hurricane, in part due to the decision by officials of the Washington Metro subway and bus system to suspend service at 11 am on September 18. [3] Red Line train at Metro Center, hub of the system The Washington Metro or simply Metro is the public transportation system of Washington, D.C., and neighboring suburban communities in Maryland and Virginia, both inside and outside the Capital Beltway. ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ...


On September 18 and the 19th as Isabel moved ashore, over 5,700 flights were canceled at 20 airports along the Eastern seaboard as airlines sought to move their planes out of the hurricane's path. The cancellations and delays rippled across the country. Washington, D.C.'s transit system shut down bus and rail service Thursday morning, and Amtrak suspended rail service south of the capital city. September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... Categories: US geography stubs ... Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida Amtrak’s high-speed Acela Express at Penn Station New York, NY Amtrak, is the brand name of the intercity passenger train system created on May 1, 1971 in the United States. ...


Impact

Deaths from Hurricane Isabel
Country Total State or region Regional
total
County County
total
Direct
deaths
Canada 1 Ontario 1 Unknown 1 0
USA 52 District of Columbia 1 Washington 1 0
Florida 1 Nassau 1 1
Maryland 8 Anne Arundel 3 0
Baltimore 1 1
Calvert 1 0
Prince George's 2 0
Queen Anne's 1 0
New Jersey 2 Cape May 1 1
Warren 1 0
New York 1 Nassau 1 0
North Carolina 4 Carteret 1 0
Chowan 1 1
Pasquotank 2 0
Pennsylvania 1 Lancaster 1 0
Unknown 1 0
Rhode Island 1 Washington 1 1
Virginia 10 Accomack 1 1
Albemarle 2 0
Chesterfield 4 1
Fluvanna 3 0
Gloucester 1 0
Harrisonburg 1 1
Henrico 1 1
Hopewell 1 1
Isle of Wight 1 1
Mathews 2 0
New Kent 2 1
Richmond 3 1
Rockingham 2 2
Staunton 1 0
Unknown 7 0
Totals 53 17
Because of differing sources, totals may not match.
Sources: [4][5][6][7][8][9][10] [11]

Isabel unleashed its fury over a wide region from South Carolina to central Ontario and between the eastern Ohio Valley and the Hudson Valley. In total, over 4.3 million people were reported to be without power. This included 525,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina, 78,000 in the District of Columbia, 160,000 in New Jersey, 500,000 in Pennsylvania, 50,000 in Delaware, 40,000 in New York, 21,000 in West Virginia and 40,000 in Ontario. Maryland suffered tremendous damage to its power infrastructure with power lost to nearly half of the state: around 1,250,000 customers. Virginia was the hardest hit, though, with more than 1.6 million customers without power on the night of September 18 and damage in the billions. The large size of the storm was the main factor that led to the widespread damage. Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English (French has some legal status, and is an official language of Canada, but is not fully co-official at the provincial level) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton... ... Nickname: the District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Official website: http://www. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 22nd 170 451 km² 260 km 800 km 17. ... Nassau County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... Official language(s) None Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 42nd 32,160 km² 145 km 400 km 21 37°53N to 39°43N 75°4W to 79°33W Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 19th 5,296,486 165... Location in the state of Maryland Formed 1650 Seat Annapolis Area  - Total  - Water 1,523 km² (588 mi²) 445 km² (172 mi²) 29. ... Location in the state of Maryland Formed c. ... Calvert County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland. ... Prince Georges County is a suburban county located in the state of Maryland immediately north and east of Washington, D.C. It is home to the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Andrews Air Force Base, the University of Maryland, Six Flags America, and FedEx... Location in the state of Maryland Formed 1706 Seat Centreville Area  - Total  - Water 1,320 km² (510 mi²) 356 km² (138 mi²) 26. ... Official language(s) None defined, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 47th 22,608 km² 110 km 240 km 14. ... Cape May County is a county located in the state of New Jersey. ... Warren County is a county located in the state of New Jersey. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... Nassau County is a county located outside New York City in the state of New York. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 805 km 240 km 9. ... Carteret County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... Chowan County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... Pasquotank County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 33rd 119,283 km² 255 km 455 km 2. ... Lancaster County is a county located in the south-central portion of the state of Pennsylvania in the Susquehanna Valley. ... Official language(s) None Capital Providence Largest city Providence Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 50th 4,005 km² 50 km 65 km 32. ... Washington County is a county located in the southeastern part of Rhode Island, a U.S. state. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 320 km 690 km 7. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1671 Seat Accomac Area  - Total  - Water 3,393 km² (1,310 mi²) 2,214 km² (855 mi²) 65. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed Seat Charlottesville Area  - Total  - Water 1,881 km² (726 mi²) 9 km² (4 mi²) 0. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed May 25, 1749 Seat Chesterfield Area  - Total  - Water 1,132 km² (437 mi²) 29 km² (11 mi²) 2. ... Fluvanna County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1651 Seat Gloucester Area  - Total  - Water 746 km² (288 mi²) 185 km² (71 mi²) 24. ... Harrisonburg is an independent city within the confines of Rockingham County in the U.S. state of Virginia. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1634 Seat Richmond Area  - Total  - Water 634 km² (245 mi²) 17 km² (7 mi²) 2. ... Waterfront at City Point, Virginia (now Hopewell) in 1865 Hopewell is an independent city in the state of Virginia. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1634 Seat Isle of Wight Area  - Total  - Water 940 km² (363 mi²) 121 km² (47 mi²) 12. ... Mathews County is a county located on the Middle Peninsula in the state of Virginia. ... New Kent County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Nickname: River City Motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra Official website: http://www. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1778 Seat Harrisonburg Area  - Total  - Water 2,210 km² (853 mi²) 6 km² (2 mi²) 0. ... West Beverley Street in downtown Staunton Staunton is an independent city within the confines of Augusta County in the state of Virginia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 805 km 240 km 9. ... Official language(s) None defined, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 47th 22,608 km² 110 km 240 km 14. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 33rd 119,283 km² 255 km 455 km 2. ... Official language(s) None Capital Dover Largest city Wilmington Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 49th 6,452 km² 48 km 161 km 21. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 41st 62,809 km² 210 km 385 km 0. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English (French has some legal status, and is an official language of Canada, but is not fully co-official at the provincial level) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton... Official language(s) None Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 42nd 32,160 km² 145 km 400 km 21 37°53N to 39°43N 75°4W to 79°33W Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 19th 5,296,486 165... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 320 km 690 km 7. ...


Because of the storm's speed, flooding was not as bad as originally anticipated (in fact, a packed Virginia Tech football game with Texas A&M was played as scheduled in Blacksburg, Virginia during the peak of the storm in that area, and despite being far from the storm center, the winds were up to tropical storm force at the time there). This article or section should include material from Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. ... Texas A&M University, often Texas A&M, A&M or TAMU for short, is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System. ... Blacksburg is a town located in Montgomery County, Virginia. ...


President George W. Bush declared major disasters in North Carolina and Virginia, ordering federal aid to both states. The governors of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware declared state emergencies. George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 805 km 240 km 9. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 320 km 690 km 7. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 33rd 119,283 km² 255 km 455 km 2. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 41st 62,809 km² 210 km 385 km 0. ... Official language(s) None Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 42nd 32,160 km² 145 km 400 km 21 37°53N to 39°43N 75°4W to 79°33W Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 19th 5,296,486 165... Official language(s) None defined, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 47th 22,608 km² 110 km 240 km 14. ... Official language(s) None Capital Dover Largest city Wilmington Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 49th 6,452 km² 48 km 161 km 21. ...

Flood waters at Langley AFB, Hampton, Virginia as a result of Hurricane Isabel
Flood waters at Langley AFB, Hampton, Virginia as a result of Hurricane Isabel

Isabel was the first major hurricane to threaten the Mid-Atlantic States and the South since Hurricane Floyd in September 1999. Isabel's greatest impact was due to flood damage, the worst in some areas of Virginia since 1972's Hurricane Agnes. More than 60 million people were affected to some degree — a similar number to Floyd but more than any other hurricane in recent memory. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2859x1680, 1138 KB) Summary Hurricane Isabel flood waters at Langley AFB, Hampton, VA. Source: http://www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2859x1680, 1138 KB) Summary Hurricane Isabel flood waters at Langley AFB, Hampton, VA. Source: http://www. ... On September 17, 1861, Mrs. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... The U.S. Southern states or the South, also known colloquially as Dixie, constitute a distinctive region covering a large portion of the United States, with its own unique heritage, historical perspective, customs, musical styles, and cuisine. ... Hurricane Floyd was the sixth named storm, fourth hurricane, and third major hurricane in the 1999 Atlantic hurricane season. ... Look up Flood in Wiktionary, the free dictionary A flood (in Old English flod, a word common to Teutonic languages; compare German Flut, Dutch vloed from the same root as is seen in flow, float) is an overflow of water, an expanse of water submerging land, a deluge. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 320 km 690 km 7. ... Hurricane Agnes was the first tropical storm and first hurricane of 1972 Atlantic hurricane season. ...


In the days following Isabel, the atmosphere remained unstable, prompting an outbreak of tornadoes in many areas including the Lawrenceville Tornado of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, which was actually more than 250 miles (400 km) from the center of Isabel but clearly still in its enormous impact area. Union City, Oklahoma tornado (1973) A tornado is a violently spinning column of air in contact with both a cumiliform cloud base and the surface. ... The Lawrenceville Tornado refers to a series of F1 tornadoes that hit Lawrenceville, NJ on September 23, 2003. ... Map of Lawrenceville CDP in Mercer County Lawrenceville is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Lawrence Township in Mercer County, New Jersey. ...


North Carolina

Damage to the Barrier Islands after Hurricane Isabel (USGS)
Damage to the Barrier Islands after Hurricane Isabel (USGS)

The storm surge along the North Carolina coast measured approximately five feet (1.5 m), less than expected. Nevertheless, Isabel caused significant coastal flooding and damaged homes along the coast. Isable also decimated part of Highway 12, which was damaged earlier by Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd back in 1999, the end result was a 50 ft channel that cut off much of Hatteras.[12] In Bertie County, about 80% of the homes sustained condsiderable damage.[13] The storm left 520,000 people without power.[14] Damage in North Carolina totaled 720 million dollars (2003 USD). Image File history File links 46_9_21_03_14. ... Image File history File links 46_9_21_03_14. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 805 km 240 km 9. ...


Virginia

Trailer park in Poquoson County, Virginia destroyed by floodwates and highwinds (VDOT)
Trailer park in Poquoson County, Virginia destroyed by floodwates and highwinds (VDOT)

Parts of the Old Town area of Alexandria, Virginia were flooded to varying depth, as was the nearby New Alexandria community between Alexandria and Mt. Vernon. In Norfolk, Virginia, Isabel caused 6 feet of storm surge in the historic district. Isabel also left 1 million people without electriticy.[15] Isabel was the worst storm to hit Virginia since 1933. In addtion to the power outages, about 90% of cable reception was disrupted because of the storm.[16] 36 people in Virgnia died in Isable, six of them directly.[17] The heavy rains and storm surge also flooded the downtown tunnel in Portsmouth[18] Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1664x1109, 474 KB) Summary Damage to trailer park in Poquoson County, Virgnia Photo by D. Allen Covey (VDOT) http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1664x1109, 474 KB) Summary Damage to trailer park in Poquoson County, Virgnia Photo by D. Allen Covey (VDOT) http://www. ... A state is an organized political community, occupying a territory, and possessing internal and external sovereignty, which successfully claims the monopoly of the use of force. ... Old Town Alexandria, viewed from the west, as seen from the observation deck of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. ... New Alexandria is the name of several towns in the United States: New Alexandria in Ohio, New Alexandria in Pennsylvania. ... Mount Vernon is the name of several places around the world. ... Nickname: Motto: Crescas (Latin for, Thou shalt grow. ... ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 320 km 690 km 7. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... View over Portsmouth from Portsdown Hill. ...


In Franklin, there were reports of flooding, but it wasnt similar to what Hurricane Floyd brought back in 1999.[19] Franklin is a place name in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States: In Australia, the Franklin River is on the west coast of the State of Tasmania. ... Hurricane Floyd was the sixth named storm, fourth hurricane, and third major hurricane in the 1999 Atlantic hurricane season. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Maryland

Parts of Baltimore were extensively flooded, including the Inner Harbor and Fells Point. In Annapolis, Maryland, Isabel created the largest storm surge in the city's history, cresting at 7.58 feet. Other areas of Maryland on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay also suffered from extensive flooding. Motto: The Greatest City in America (formerly The City That Reads; BELIEVE is not the official motto but rather a specific campaign) Nickname: Monumental City Charm City Mob Town B-more Map Political Statistics Founded 30 July 1729 Incorporated 1797 Independent city Mayor Martin J. OMalley (Dem) Geographic Statistics... The Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States, is a historic seaport, tourist attraction, and iconic landmark of the city. ... Fells Point is a neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, home to a variety of shops, restaurants, coffee bars, music stores, and over 120 pubs. ... Motto: Nickname: Americas Sailing Capital , Naptown Founded Incorporated 1649 1708  County Anne Arundel County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Ellen O. Moyer (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 19. ... ... Chesapeake Bay - Landsat photo The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. ...


New Jersey

Some areas in New Jersey (slightly north and west of New York City) were forecast prior to the storm's landfall to receive torrential downpours. When the storm actually passed the area, there was a light drizzle in some areas while others received no rain at all; the heaviest impacts were to the west. Official language(s) None defined, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 47th 22,608 km² 110 km 240 km 14. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ...


Retirement

The name Isabel was retired after the 2003 season, and will never again be used for an Atlantic hurricane. It was replaced by Ida for the 2009 season. These are the names of Atlantic hurricanes that have been retired (removed from the rotation of naming lists) since human names were first used for naming of tropical cyclones in 1953. ... The following are hurricanes that formed in the northern Atlantic Ocean that have articles on Wikipedia. ... The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season will be an ongoing event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. ...


Trivia

Isabel is associated with an urban legend surrounding the Tomb of the Unknowns. According to a commonly received e-mail, the soldiers guarding the Tomb "deliberately disobeyed" orders to abandon their posts in the wake of Isabel's arrival. In reality (according to snopes.com), a contingency plan did exist for the soldiers to retreat to a nearby "trophy room" (which allowed for full view of the Tomb) in the event winds exceeded 120 mph; however, the plan was never implemented. The soldiers continuously guarded the Tomb as per standing orders. [20] Urban legends are a kind of folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them (see rumor). ... The Tomb of the Unknowns (also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, although it has never been officially named) is a monument in Arlington National Cemetery dedicated to the American soldiers who have died without their remains being identified. ... The Urban Legends Reference Pages (also known as snopes. ...


See also

   
Tropical cyclones Portal

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Hurricane Isabel was a major hurricane of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season which made landfall on September 18, 2003 just south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina around 1:00 PM eastern time.
On September 18 and 19 as Isabel moved ashore, over 5,700 flights were canceled at 20 airports along the Eastern seaboard as airlines sought to move their planes out of the hurricane's path.
Isabel, larger than the size of the state of Texas, unleashed its fury over a wide region from South Carolina to central Ontario and between the eastern Ohio Valley and the Hudson Valley.
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