Isaias Expected To Approach The Southeast Coast Of Florida Saturday


Miami, Fl. (Florida News Network) At 1100 PM EDT, the center of Hurricane Isaias was located near latitude 23.3 North, longitude 76.4 West. Isaias is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h), and a general northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected for the next day or so, followed by a turn toward the north-northwest by late Sunday.

On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near or over the Central Bahamas tonight, near or over the Northwestern Bahamas Saturday and near the east coast of the Florida peninsula Saturday afternoon through Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected through early Saturday, and Isaias is forecast to remain a hurricane for the next couple of days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.

The minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft is 987 mb (29.15 inches).

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

* Boca Raton to the Volusia/Brevard County Line Florida

* Northwestern Bahamas

* Central Bahamas

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...

* Hallandale Beach to south of Boca Raton Florida

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...

* Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach Florida

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* North of Ocean Reef to south of Boca Raton Florida

* Lake Okeechobee

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...

* Flagler/Volusia County Line to Ponte Vedra Beach Florida

Interests elsewhere along the southeast coast of the United States should monitor the progress of Isaias. Additional watches or

warnings may be required on Saturday.

RAINFALL: Isaias is expected to produce the following rain accumulations:From Friday night through Tuesday:

South Florida into east-Central Florida: 2 to 4 inches, with isolated maximum totals of 6 inches.

Northeast Florida into coastal Georgia: 1 to 2 inches.

Carolinas into the mid Atlantic, including the southern and central Appalachians: 2 to 4 inches, with isolated maximum totals of 6

inches.

Heavy rainfall from Isaias could result in isolated flash and urban flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas. Isolated minor river flooding is possible across the eastern Carolina's and into Virginia.

Graphic and data credit:National Hurricane Center

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