Hurricane Isaias forecast to become Category 2, track just off South Florida coast

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8 a.m. Friday, Hurricane Isaias advisory.

Hurricane Isaias is forecast to reach Category 2 strength with 100 mph winds in the Central Bahamas, and the National Hurricane Center’s track has the storm’s center just off South Florida’s coastline this weekend.

As of 8 a.m. Friday, Isaias was about 30 miles northwest of Great Inagua Island, the second largest island in the Bahamas. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and it was moving northwest at 17 mph.

The Bahamas is still recovering from Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, and on Friday morning the new menacing Category 1 Hurricane Isaias was lashing the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with strong winds and heavy squalls.

The Miami-based Hurricane Center expects the storm to impact the coastal areas of South Florida on Saturday.

The Bahamas is still recovering from Category 5 Hurricane Dorian. On Friday morning, the new menacing Category 1 Hurricane Isaias was about 30 miles northwest of Great Inagua Island, the second largest island in the Bahamas.

There is optimism that the most dangerous effects of the storm will stay off the shore of Florida, Local 10 Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcross says, but there is still a level of uncertainty.

“It is very important that everybody in South Florida monitor the forecasts today to be sure that Isaias tracks as forecast and indeed stays offshore,” Norcross writes. “Ironically, if it ends up weaker and comes up the left side of the cone, it could still directly affect the Florida peninsula, which would make the weather over land significantly worse that with this offshore track.”

At this point, hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from Isaias’ center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles, the Hurricane Center says.

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Isaias is forecast to be near the central Bahamas tonight, and move near or over the northwestern Bahamas and be near or east of the Florida peninsula on Saturday and Sunday, the Hurricane Center says.

“These are especially difficult days,” Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told reporters Thursday during a news conference. “We need at this time the spirit of love and unity.”

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he was expecting 3-4 inches of rain, so he was shutting down coronavirus testing sites on Friday. Miami-Dade will also be closing public parks all day Saturday.

“If we actually get the west side of the storm, we are expecting a lot less rain,” Gimenez said.

The storm already caused flooding and power outages in Puerto Rico and landslides in the Dominican Republic as a tropical storm.

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

A hurricane warning applies to Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abaco Islands, Berry Islands, Grand Bahama, Bimini, the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana, the Ragged Islands, Cat Island, the Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

A tropical storm warning, which means that conditions could worsen within 36 hours, applies to the Turks and …read more

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