Hurricane watches were released for parts of the Florida coast on Friday as Hurricane Isaias focuses on the state of Sunshine.
Isaias – a Category 1 hurricane with a wind of 75 km / h – was located 295 miles southeast of Nassau and was moving northwest at a speed of 16 miles / h. A Category 1 hurricane is expected to remain in the Bahamas as it moves along or parallel to the east coast of Florida and then all the way to the entire east coast early next week.
Hurricanes have hit the parts of the east coast of Florida north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia-Brevard ridge, which means hurricanes are possible. A tropical storm warning was issued for the Florida coast from the north from the ocean cliff to Sebastian Inlet, as well as for Lake Okeechobee.
The hurricane warning applies to the Bahamas and the tropical storm warning to Turks and Cairo.
When Hurricane Isaias closes in Florida, the state can expect conditions for tropical storms in the form of gusts of wind and rising tropical downpours on Friday night. The big question in Florida remains whether Isaias will make land on the mainland this weekend or just stay by the sea. On Saturday and Sunday, heavy rainfall and strong winds will be possible along the east coast, regardless of landfall. On Monday, 2 to 4 inches of rain could fall, in some places it can rain up to 6 inches. How much rain will eventually drop will depend on how close the center of the storm gets to Florida.
Before Isaias arrives in Florida, however, he will attract parts of the Caribbean and Bahamas on Friday with strong winds and torrential downpours.
Tropical storm conditions continued on Friday morning across parts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Turks and Caicos. Hurricane conditions are expected to begin in the southeastern Bahamas by late Friday morning and extend to the central and northwestern Bahamas by Friday afternoon. A dangerous storm surge is expected to raise water levels 3 to 5 feet above normal tidal levels in the Bahamas’ offshore winds. In terms of precipitation, the Dominican Republic and northern Haiti could gain 4 to 8 inches, with an isolated maximum of 12 inches, while the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos have 4 to 8 inches. These rainfall amounts will lead to flash floods, landslides and river floods.
As for the Bahamas, Isaias has been arriving for less than a year since Hurricane Dorian beat the island chain for more than 48 hours.
Although Isaias will affect the Bahamas and Florida this weekend, meteorologists will watch the storm in the middle of next week.
Heavy rains associated with Isaias are predicted to affect North and South Carolina early next week. Rain and wind can then affect the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Isaias is quite a big storm, so even if the center of the storm does not bring landfall, close access to the coast could have a significant impact. The hurricane wind spreads 35 kilometers from the center and the tropical storm wind is 205 kilometers away.
According to Phil Klotzbach, an Atlantic hurricane specialist at Colorado State University when Isaias became a hurricane, it was first reported (dating back to 1851) that the Atlantic Basin had two hurricane formations in the last week of July. It comes at the foot of Hurricane Hanna, which made a landfall off the coast of Texas on July 25.