Gov. DeSantis warns to 'remain vigilant' as Hurricane Isaias approaches Florida

Sunday, 02 Aug, 2020

The storm was centred about 135 miles (215 kilometres) south-southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas and was moving northwest at 15 mph (24 kph).

"Due to this flooding potential, Flagler County, Flagler Beach, and Palm Coast have sand and sandbags today as well as tomorrow", Lord said. The track has moved slightly east. Rain and wind could then impact the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts on Tuesday and Wednesday.

There's some good news.

Paula Miller, Mercy Corps director for the Bahamas, told The Associated Press that while the islands can normally withstand strong hurricanes, some have been destabilised by the coronavirus pandemic and the damage caused by Dorian. As of Saturday morning the storm was being affected by wind shear and some drier air which has invaded its circulation.

"Right now they say it is off the coast, but this stuff is all, you know, very much in flux".

Isaias had 85 miles per hour winds.

If you're looking for tools to track the path and strength of Hurricane Isaias in real time, there are plenty of resources out there.

The maximum sustained winds are near 130 km/h with higher gusts, according to the latest public advisory from the National Hurricane Center late Friday night.

Isaias will track near the coast of Florida starting tonight and into early Sunday.

Bahamas and be near or east of the Florida peninsula on Saturday and Sunday. A storm becomes a hurricane when its winds reach 74 miles per hour.

A hurricane watch is in effect for.

The NHC warns that part of the region could see 75-150 mm of rainfall, and as much as 250 mm in the worst-affected areas, along with unsafe storm surge and strong winds.

No evacuations have been ordered yet in Florida, but authorities warned locals to begin preparing their homes and businesses for the possible onslaught of Isaias.

The county's Emergency Operations Center activated at 8 a.m. Friday, July 31, Lord said, and the county and state government both declared states of emergency.

Storm surge is a concern. By Monday, 2-4 inches of rain could fall, with rainfall up to 6 inches in some spots.

The impacts on our weather here in Southwest Florida look to be isolated, and focused in our inland areas.

The National Weather Service's Mount Holly office, which oversees most of New Jersey, said it is closely monitoring the status of Hurricane Isaias and notes there are still a lot of unknowns about how the storm will ultimately impact the state.

There's Tropical Depression 10 west of Africa, which is forecast to weaken today into a remnant low. The Leewards are part of the Lesser Antilles and make up an arc of islands that separate the Caribbean from the central Atlantic.

One has a 30 percent chance of developing, and one has already organized into a tropical depression Friday afternoon.

The hurricane center said that wave could become a tropical depression by early next week.

In South Carolina, forecasters said Isaias would likely arrive as a tropical storm, with winds battering the state Monday and Monday night.