ORLANDO, Fla. – The area of showers and storms moving across the Caribbean is expected to become Tropical Storm Isaias and could focus on Florida as its path keeps the state in a cone.
At 2:00 p.m., the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that the area of showers and storms was moving west-northwest at 23 mph with a maximum wind of about 45 mph. It is located only about 105 kilometers south of St. Croix and 180 kilometers southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Some strengthening is expected and the system is expected to become Tropical Storm Isaias on Wednesday. If that happened, it would be the ninth named storm of the 2020 hurricane season.
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The storm center is expected to move near or through the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday night, then through Hispaniola on Thursday and Friday to reach the southeastern Bahamas. It will produce heavy rain and potentially life-threatening floods and landslides across the northern islands of Leeward, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Tropical storm warnings apply to the following areas:
- Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra
- US Virgin Islands
- British Virgin Islands
- Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla
- Saint Martin and Saint Bartholomew
- Saba and St. Eustatius
- St. Maarten
- Dominican Republic the entire south and north coasts
- The northern coast of Haiti from Le Mole St Nicholas east to the northern border with the Dominican Republic
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- Southeast Bahamas including Acklin, Crooked Island, Long Cay, Inaguas, Mayaguana and the Ragged Islands
Tropical Storm watches are used in the following areas:
- Central Bahamas including Cat Island, Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador
According to the latest song, Florida remains on the verge of uncertainty.
FOX 35 meteorologist Glenn Richards expects the conditions of tropical storms in Florida to begin as early as Saturday and continue throughout the weekend. However, he explained that “the exact path and force is too early to be created because of all the obstacles that this system has to overcome.”
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The 2020 hurricane season in the Atlantic, which officially began on June 1, has brought seven tropical storms and one hurricane since May 16. Hurricane Hanna on Saturday became the first hurricane to land in Texas in July since 2008.
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