Tropical Storm Isaias forms; Rip currents, increased swell likely beginning this weekend

Pablo Tucker
July 30, 2020

Isaias broke the record as the earliest ninth Atlantic named storm, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

In its statement, the emergency management office noted the storm "is expected to impact Florida with heavy rains and strong winds as early as Friday".

The East Coast of the U.S., Florida, and the Gulf Coast states all need to be keeping an eye on the latest forecast for Potential Tropical Cyclone 9.

"The current forecast track passes 80 miles off the SC coast with Isaias as a 70 mph tropical storm on Monday", the S.C. Climate Office said Thursday.

This is one of those storms that is going to be very tricky for us here in South Florida because its current track gives us two very different weekend forecasts.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Puerto Rico and other nations in the region, the National Hurricane Center reports.

Minor damage was reported elsewhere in Puerto Rico, where tens of thousands of people still use tarps as roofs since Hurricane Maria hit as a powerful Category 4 storm in September 2017.

The storm, 125 miles southwest of Puerto Rico on Thursday morning, has sustained winds of 60 mph and is moving west/northwest at 20 mph.

If the storm manages to stay east of Florida and avoid a tremendous amount of land interaction, conditions may be conducive for some strengthening off the Southeast coast line.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico-Tropical Storm Isaias battered Puerto Rico on Thursday as it continued on a track toward the US mainland, unleashing small landslides and causing widespread flooding and power outages on an island still recovering from previous hurricanes and ongoing earthquakes.

The storm is expected to pass over Hispaniola on Thursday and the Southeastern Bahamas by early Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Islands in the path of the storm are predicted to see anywhere from 3 to 8 inches of rain, bringing flash flooding and life-threatening surf and rip currents to coastal areas.

Northwestern Bahamas including Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abacos Islands, Berry Islands, Grand Bahamas Island, and Bimini. Evacuation orders often put people in close contact with one another in shelters, which would make maintaining social distancing and other safety measures against the virus hard to maintain.

It had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (80 kph) and was moving west northwest at 20 miles per hour (32 kph).

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