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Hurricane Isaias Track: Storm Strengthens in Category One, Continues on Road to North Carolina: NOAA, NHC



RALEIGH (WTVD) – Tropical Storm Isaias has officially strengthened into a Category One hurricane. The hurricane is still heading for the road to the east coast of the United States along North Carolina.

On Friday morning, the storm was swirling around the Turks and Caicos and pouring heavy rain over the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center said flash and mudslides could be possible in the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.

The hurricane is currently moving northwest at 17 mph with sustained maximum winds of 80 mph and gusts up to 100 mph. The storm is expected to hit the coasts of Florida and Georgia this weekend. Isaias could wash the coast of Carolina Monday and Tuesday. East North Carolina remains in the cone of road uncertainty.

At 5 a.m. Friday, the hurricane was 1

5 miles southwest of Great Inagua Island. On Thursday, more than 400,000 customers in Puerto Rico lost power, according to ABC News. Some were caught in the flood.

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While that road is still a long road and could change drastically, at this time it appears that Isaias will at least bring rain in parts of North Carolina next week.

However, the coast is already seeing the effects of Isaias as a high-risk current goes down into force Friday starting to pull from Hatteras to Carolina Beach. The high threat will continue over the weekend as the storm continues to move north.

At midnight, the National Hurricane Center issued Hurricane Warnings for the Central and Southeast Bahamas.

University of Colorado Hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach said Isaias is the first nine Atlantic storm named. The previous record was Irene on August 7, 2005.

The storm’s uncertainty cone includes North Carolina. Current forecasts say the storm will hit our shores on Monday evening on Tuesday morning.

Stay with the First Warning ABC11 Weather team by monitoring this hurricane and any threats it may bring to North Carolina.

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