Tracking the Tropics: Isaias over the Bahamas, expected to strengthen into Category 2 hurricane

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA/WAVY) – Hurricane Isaias is currently spread over the Central Bahamas and is then forecast to continue toward the Florida east coast.

The storm strengthened to become a Category 1 hurricane overnight and maintained a category status Friday.

Forecasters predict the storm will strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane, but will weaken as it gets closer to Florida.

On Friday afternoon, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency. The hurricane is projected to go over the North Carolina coast around the start of next week.

Super Doppler 10 Meteorologist Jeff Edmonson says the storm system will likely reach our region early Tuesday morning, most likely as a tropical storm.

As of 11 p.m. ET, Hurricane Isaias was moving northwest at about 15 mph. Maximum sustained winds were near 80 mph with higher gusts. The National Hurricane Center says strengthening is expected Friday night and early Saturday.

Isaias reached the central Bahamas on Friday night. The forecast then brings it near or over the northwestern Bahamas and near the east coast of Florida Saturday afternoon through Sunday.

A hurricane warning has been issued for the Northwestern and Central Bahamas.

A hurricane warning is also in effect for parts of the Florida coast, from Boca Raton to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.

According to the NHC, Isaias could start impacting Florida on Saturday.

“Heavy rainfall from Isaias could result in isolated flash and urban flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas. Isolated minor river flooding is possible across the eastern Carolinas and
into Virginia,” the latest NHC advisory said.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Boca Raton to the Volusia/Brevard County Line Florida
  • Northwestern Bahamas
  • Central Bahamas

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • Hallendale Beach to south of Boca Raton Florida

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedre Beach Florida

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • North of Ocean Reef to the south of Boca Raton Florida
  • Lake Okeechobee

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • Flagler/Volusia County Line to Ponte Vedra Beach Florida

Watch/Warning/Advisory Definitions

Hurricane Warning

This means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life
and property should be rushed to completion.

Hurricane Watch

This means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

Storm Surge Watch

This means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

Tropical Storm Warning

This means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Watch

This means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.


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