An article recently appeared in WAFs that examines Hurricane Isabel from a modeling perspective. I only gave the paper a quick glance through but thought I would pass it along since it notes some of the research topics in the CSTAR project including inland winds from tropical cyclone, inland precipitation issues, and the importance of initialization in TC modeling.
Lin, Ning, James A. Smith, Gabriele Villarini, Timothy P. Marchok, Mary Lynn Baeck, 2010: Modeling Extreme Rainfall, Winds, and Surge from Hurricane Isabel (2003). Wea. Forecasting, 25, 1342–1361.