Washington (AP) - The cyclone "Isaias", which is heading for the eastern coast of the USA, has been upgraded to a hurricane again. The tropical storm has gained strength over the Atlantic and brings with it persistent winds of around 120 kilometers per hour, said the National Hurricane Center.

This corresponds to a level one hurricane, the lowest category. The Weather Office warned the residents of the affected areas of storm surges, floods and dangerously strong winds.

The center of the storm was due to approach the northern coast of South Carolina on Tuesday night (local time) and then hit land in adjacent North Carolina in the morning, the meteorologists said. The storm system moved towards the coast at around 26 kilometers per hour on Monday evening. The weather agency warned that "Isaias" could gain further strength before it landed. The storm should weaken over North Carolina on Tuesday and move further north-east near the coast.

Hurricane-strong winds can still occur around 40 kilometers from the center of the storm, as the weather agency explained. Wind gusts as strong as a tropical storm - up to 118 kilometers per hour - can therefore occur 200 kilometers from the center.

“Isaias” had swept over parts of the Bahamas on Saturday as a hurricane, but weakened again on the way to the east coast of Florida to a tropical storm. The storm hadn't hit land in Florida.

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