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Hurricane Isabel 2003

Following the Storm

People from North Carolina to Pennsylvania are recouping from the severe damage left when Hurricane Isabel made landfall yesterday. The storm wreaked havoc in several areas, leaving at least 14 people dead. In the nation's capital, the federal government has shut down for the second day in a row. Isabel has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but it could still cause more trouble. Up to five inches of rain are still possible in West Virginia, and one to three inches are expected for parts of Pennsylvania.

One of the biggest concerns for local and state officials before Isabel made landfall was severe flooding. In Virginia, that fear has become a reality. Parts of Alexandria are completely submerged in water. As much as six feet of water lies just two blocks from where the Potomac River meets one edge of the city. Isabel has also caused flooding up and down the Chesapeake Bay as well as in cities such as Hampton, Norfolk and Portsmouth.

Residents along the North Carolina and Virginia coast are beginning to get a good look of the destruction left behind by Hurricane Isabel. President Bush has declared both states major disaster areas.

The storm knocked out power to more than 4.5 million customers. The hardest-hit areas could take up to two weeks to get running again. As the rain soaked the ground and the wind whipped through areas of Virginia, trees came down taking power lines with them. Shelters began filling up with people, many who had planned to ride out the storm.

The storm is expected to continue traveling north and dissipate by tomorrow.

WTOC's Mike Manhatton is on assignment in the path of the storm and will have live reports via satellite from coastal Virginia only on THE News on WTOC-11.

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