(WSVN) – Isaias became a Category 1 hurricane late Thursday night when Hurricane Hunter found a maximum sustained wind at 80 km / h.
The National Hurricane Center has issued Tropical Storm Watches for the districts of Miami-Dade and Broward, from the North Ocean to the Reef to Sebastian Inlet.
Tropical storm patrol means that tropical storm conditions with a wind of 39 to 73 km / h are possible within 48 hours.
The hurricane warning now applies to:
- Northwest Bahamas including Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abacos, Berry, Grand Bahamas and Bimini
- Southeast Bahamas including Acklin, Crooked Island, Long Cay, Inaguas, Mayaguana and the Ragged Islands
- Central Bahamas including Cat Island, Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador
The latest route forecast
Isaiah is a big storm. Wind speeds from 40 to 60 miles per hour from downtown to 415 miles. It is expected to affect Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the SE Bahamas on Thursday with heavy rains that could lead to life-threatening floods, landings and landslides. Gusts of wind will spread in the region.
Isaiah will move through the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and then move to the Dominican Republic on Thursday. It is still unknown how much disturbance this will have on Isaiah. Once in Atlantic waters, a much weaker system can come out. However, heavy rain and gusts of wind should spread to the Turks, Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas later in the day.
The models suggest a more disorganized Isaiah after his impact on the Dominican Republic. The key will be where the center will appear once in the Atlantic. If it had a more eastern location, it could head more to the northwestern Bahamas. If the west appears on the other side, another route in South Florida could be in the works. This uncertainty manifests itself in a cone with a slight shift to the east from 8.00 a.m., which may change once in the west or east of the Atlantic.
This placement will also play a role in determining how strong it will be after its meeting with the Dominican Republic. If it slows down, it will be possible to suck in much-needed fuel in the form of hot water. This could give a chance to strengthen.
As for South Florida, we are looking for the possibility of a stronger system leaning further east or a weaker system leaning more above us. In both cases, it is a huge storm. The impacts will be felt hundreds of kilometers from the center.
A Recon program is planned today to give the hurricane center a better idea of the health of Isaias and its surroundings.
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