A hurricane watch was issued for parts of the Florida coast on Friday as Hurricane Isaias lands in the State of the Sun.
Isaias – a Category 1 hurricane with a wind of 75 mph – was located 295 miles southwest of Nassau and moving northwest at 16 mph, as the 11 a.m. counseling from the National Center of the Hurricane. It is projected to remain a Category 1 hurricane through the Bahamas, moving along or parallel to the east coast of Florida, and then eventually to the entire east coast through the beginning of the week. next.
A hurricane clock, meaning hurricane conditions are possible, was issued in portions of Florida’s east coast from north Deerfield Beach to the Volusia-Brevard county line. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Florida coast north of Ocean Reef to Sebastian Inlet as well as to Lake Okeechobee.
A hurricane warning is in place for the Bahamas, and a Tropical Storm Warning for Turks and Caicos.
As Hurricane Isaias closes in Florida, the state can expect tropical storm conditions through Friday night in the form of refined winds and increases in tropical rainfall. The big question mark for Florida remains whether Isaias will make a landfall on the state this weekend or stay offshore. Regardless of the land, heavy rain and strong winds will be possible on Saturday and Sunday along the entire east coast. By Monday, 2-4 inches of rain may fall, with rain in some places raining up to 6 inches. How much rain eventually falls depends on how close the center of the storm gets to Florida.
However Isaias arrives in Florida, however, it will link parts of the Caribbean and the Bahamas on Friday with strong winds and torrential downpours.
Tropical storm conditions continued in portions of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday morning. Hurricane conditions were expected to begin in the southeastern Bahamas late Friday morning and spread into the central and northwestern Bahamas by Friday afternoon. A dangerous storm surge is predicted to raise water levels 3 to 5 feet above normal tidal levels in areas of onshore winds in the Bahamas. In terms of rainfall, the Dominican Republic and northern Haiti can get 4-8 inches, with an isolated maximum total of 12 inches while the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos get 4- 8 inches. These amounts of rain lead to flooding, flashes, and flooding of rivers.
For the Bahamas, Isaiah comes less than a year since Hurricane Dorian hit the island chain for a non-stop period of more than 48 hours.
Even after Isaias has an impact on the Bahamas and Florida this weekend, meteorologists will be tracking the storm in the middle of next week.
Heavy rains associated with Isaias are forecast to impact North Carolina and South Carolina from early next week. Rain and wind could impact the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Isaias is a pretty big storm, so even if the center of the storm doesn’t go, a close approach to the shore can bring significant impacts. Hurricane-force winds extend 35 miles outside the center and tropical winds with a storm force 205 miles outside.
According to Phil Klotzbach, an Atlantic hurricane specialist at Colorado State University, when Isaias became a hurricane, it was first made on record (dating back to 1851) that the An Atlantic basin had two hurricane formations in the last week of July. This comes on the heels of Hurricane Hanna, which landed off the coast of Texas on July 25th.