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A downed tree in a Brooklyn neighborhood on Aug. 4 in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Isaias became a post-tropical cyclone as it moved into southeast Canada late Tuesday, after spending much of the day lashing the East Coast with heavy rain and spawning tornadoes, per a National Hurricane Center (NHC) update at 11 p.m.

The latest: The NHC warned tropical storm conditions were expected "for a few more hours" along portions of the New England coast. The storm that's killed at least six people and left over 3 million customers without power in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Delaware, Virginia and Maryland, per Poweroutage.us.

Fatalities: A tornado killed at least two people in North Carolina, per the New York Times. In Pennsylvania, one person died when their vehicle was "overtaken by water and swept downstream," AP notes.

  • In Mechanicsville, North Carolina, a driver died when a tree fell on their car, killing the driver, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said, per Reuters. Another person died in New York City after a tree fell on a car in high winds, a local CBS station reported. In Delaware, one person died when "a tree branch fell on them," according to AP.

The big picture: Isaias weakened to a tropical storm early Tuesday after making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane late Monday. Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., Mayor Debbie Smith told WECT News the eye of the storm triggered "a series of fires at homes" and "a lot of flooding."

  • Isaias had dumped heavy rain on Florida's east coast while brushing past as a a tropical storm over the weekend.
  • It also battered the Bahamas and parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as a Category 1 hurricane on July 31.

Go deeper: In photos: Isaias lashes the East Coast

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Updated Nov 10, 2020 - Science

Theta becomes 29th named storm in record hurricane season

A satellite image of Subtropical Storm Theta. Photo: National Hurricane Center/Twitter

Subtropical Storm Theta formed in the Northeast Atlantic Monday night, becoming the 29th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center confirmed.

Why it matters: The formation of Theta, which was some 995 miles southwest of the Azores overnight, breaks the record for the most named storms in a season — set in 2005. The World Meteorological Organization sets 21 alphabetical names for every season (excluding Q,U, X, Y and Z). This is the second time ever it's used all and had to turn to the Greek alphabet.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with further context on the hurricane season.

Updated 15 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm lashed much of the East Coast Sunday and Monday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: Authorities in North Carolina confirmed that two people died in a car crash and that they responded 600 vehicle accidents during the storm on Sunday, per the Washington Post.

3 hours ago - Health

CDC director says COVID-19 messaging should have been clearer

Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the messaging around the COVID-19 pandemic and changing guidance should have been clearer.

State of play: Walensky is being coached by media experts and is planning to have more press briefings by herself in order to ensure that CDC is seen as an independent, scientific entity, rather than as a political one, the Journal reports.