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Isaias

Six people die after tropical storm Isaias sweeps up the east coast of the US

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

AT LEAST SIX people were killed as tropical storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain along the US east coast on Tuesday.

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

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

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.

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. The Schuylkill River in Philadelphia was projected to crest early on Wednesday at 15.4ft, 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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