Residents should prepare for possible Hurricane Isaias impact

Pablo Tucker
August 1, 2020

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper followed suit, predicting the storm could reach his state's coast as early as Monday.

Isaias is now a Category 1, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

Forecasters declared a hurricane watch for parts of the Florida coastline on Friday as Hurricane Isaias drenched the Bahamas on a track for the U.S. East Coast.

"There is a risk of impacts from winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surges along portions of the USA east coast, beginning this weekend in Florida", the NHC said, adding that tropical storm or hurricane watches could soon be issued.

It was forecast to pass over the southeastern Bahamas during the night, be near the central Bahamas late Friday and move near or over the northwestern Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday.

"Some strengthening is possible today, and Isaias is expected to remain a hurricane for the next few days", it said.

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated on 14.325 MHz on July 31 at 1500 UTC as Hurricane Isaias [pronounced: ees-ah-EE-ahs] heads toward the U.S. on an uncertain trajectory.

Currently, Isaias is bringing hurricane conditions for portions of the Bahamas.

The hurricane will move "near or over the Northwestern Bahamas Saturday and near the east coast of the Florida peninsula Saturday afternoon through Sunday", the NHC says. A hurricane watch was in effect from Hallendale Beach to south of Boca Raton.

"Localized flooding is expected throughout the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands as Isaias is forecast to produce rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches", the Bahamas Meteorology Department said on Friday.

Warning of a risky and destructive storm surge, the NHC says that if the peak surge coincides with the ocean's high tide, coastal areas from Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach could see a surge of 2-4 feet. It was moving northwest at 30 kilometres per hour. It has begun to turn north and was moving northwest at 17 miles per hour.

Hurricane Isaias is getting better organised as tropical storm conditions and heavy rains spread into the Central Bahamas on Friday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) has said.

Because of COVID-19, the shelter will require entry screenings, daily temperature screenings, social distancing and face coverings.

But he urged people to have seven days of food, water and medication on hand and said state-run coronavirus testing sites in the areas where the storm could hit would be closed. "Due to this flooding potential, Flagler County, Flagler Beach, and Palm Coast have sand and sandbags today as well as tomorrow", Lord said.

"Unfortunately, Isaias appears to be taking a somewhat similar track along the USA east coastline, such as Matthew in 2016 and Dorian in 2019", Graves said. But that plan has since been changed, after Isaias' forecast track shifted farther to the east.

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