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 on Monday and Tuesday.
At 5 a.m., the hurricane was 15 miles south-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.
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 coming into effect Friday starting to pull from Hatteras down to Carolina Bay. 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.
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The Isaias center is expected to move on to Spanish late Thursday. When tropical systems move over the mountainous region of Hispaniola they are often difficult to predict. The path and strength of the storms are likely to change over the next few days.
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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