Hurricane Isaias is really struggling with wind shear and dry air filtering in the system. A hurricane watch was issued for parts of the Florida coast Friday as Hurricane Isaias takes aim at the Sunshine State. A woman prepares sand bags for distribution to the residents of Palmetto Bay near Miami, on July 31, 2020, as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Isaias. Hurricane Isaias winds increase to 80 mph Friday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center. CNN. ET, Isaias remains a minimal Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds now at 75 mph. Florida: Isaias will hug the coastline with a 15% chance of sustained hurricane force winds in coastal cities. No other changes to alerts were made with the 8 p.m. update. Some local governments have already issued evacuation orders. "Hurricane preparations will be different given the COVID-19 pandemic, and families need to keep that in mind as they get ready.". However, the state is already seeing signs of the storm with high risk of dangerous rip currents along the coast, and the danger of tropical storm force winds is increasing. The Electoral College meets on Monday. Storm surges along parts of Florida's east coast with water rising 2 to 4 feet above ground level are possible, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Isaias has ripped shingles off roofs and blew over trees as it carved its way through the Bahamas and strengthened slightly while heading towards the … ET, Isaias remains a tropical storm with sustained winds of 70 mph. It is moving NW at 12 mph and the center is currently about 140 miles SE of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The National Hurricane Center warned of potential flooding in the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic region stretching up to Virginia in the coming days. "The division created new and detailed shelter guidance for all counties in light of COVID-19 and has prepared shelter kits with hand sanitizer, masks and gloves ready to be deployed upon request," DeSantis said. (Joe … We encourage everyone in those areas to take necessary precautions in … Heavy rains are a main concern as Isaias nears the Florida coast. On Saturday evening, maximum sustained winds were 70 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported. Residents wait in line to fill their containers with gasoline before the arrival of Hurricane Isaias in Freeport, Grand Bahama. ABC News' Alexandra Faul, Jason Volack and Daniel Peck contributed to this report. Gov. Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" with what is expected from the weather system. RELATED: Hurricane Isaias Continues To Target Florida, With Warnings In Effect Along East Coast. A direct hit in southern Florida is unlikely, and the eye of Isaias should remain far enough offshore to keep hurricane conditions away from Florida. The organization noted that this hurricane season would be different because of the pandemic. Concerns grow as the state already is struggling to contain COVID-19. Ron DeSantis’ 19 months in office. The storm is expected to cause rain along the U.S. East Coast. Henry McMaster said he did not plan to issue a state of emergency or evacuation orders, but local leaders along the state's Grand Strand coastal area have issued their own orders. Hurricane Isaias heads toward Florida coast August 1, 2020, 8:08 AM Hurricane Isaias is expected to approach the southeast coast of Florida on Saturday, forcing Governor Ron DeSantis to … The magnitude of the impacts will come down to how close the storm actually gets to the coast tomorrow. Hurricane Isaias has ripped shingles off roofs and blew over trees as it carved its way through the Bahamas and strengthened slightly while heading towards the coast of Florida … Hurricane conditions are not expected in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, but possible only a few miles up I-95 in West Palm Beach. Ron DeSantis warned at a news conference. Virginia Gov. It urged people to include PPE in their evacuation kits as well as hand sanitizer and personal hygiene supplies. It's possible the storm could regain strength overnight and transform back into a hurricane. Storm clouds are seen over Miami as Hurricane Isaias approaches the east coast of Florida on Saturday. The state's Department of Transportation has more than 1,800 personnel, 1,550 pieces of equipment and more than 1,000 chainsaws ready to respond if needed. Hurricane Isaias moves toward Florida. We're keeping track of the latest news regarding Hurricane Isaias in South Florida and around the state and Caribbean. DeSantis urged state residents to remain vigilant and heed warnings from local officials and news outlets as Isaias moves closer to the state. Isaias weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon, but was expected to regain hurricane strength overnight as it barrels toward Florida. play_arrow. Tropical Storm Isaias lashes Florida's east coast, no longer expected to reach hurricane strength Storm still bringing dangerous winds and rain Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge will continue to impact these areas and overspread the rest of the northwestern Bahamas through the afternoon hours. Parts of the state could see 2 to 4 inches of rain, with isolated maximum totals of 6 inches, according to the current forecast. Isaias Sunday 5pm latest update: storm to bring winds to Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina. Although Isaias has weakened after passing over Andros Island, some re-strengthening is expected tonight and Sunday morning when the cyclone will be moving over the warm waters of the Straits of Florida and the Gulf Stream. Hurricane conditions and dangerous storm surges continued through the day in the Bahamas and are expected to continue in portions of the northwest Bahamas Saturday night, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm's movement has slowed a bit, with Isaias now heading northwest at about 10 mph. Isaias weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it headed toward Florida's southeast coast on Saturday evening, but it is expected to restrengthen to a hurricane overnight. DeSantis Declares Emergency As Hurricane Isaias Closes In, In Florida, COVID-19 Death Toll Keeps Rising, Hurricane Season Will Be Above Average, NOAA Warns. Joe Raedle/Getty Images 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. Tropical Storm Isaias continues to move north-northwest at 9 mph just offshore of the Central Florida coast. Copy {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! Isaias is forecast to brush the coast of Florida on Sunday. Both North Carolina and Virginia declared states of emergency ahead of the storm's arrival. The declaration allows trucks and supplies to move where help is needed. The hurricane's eye is near Andros Island Bahamas. The hospitals aren't anticipating the need to evacuate patients at this time, but one smaller hospital is going to move some COVID patients to another hospital in Brevard county. A hurricane warning was in effect for Florida's east coast from Boca Raton, just north of Miami, about 240km north to the Volusia-Flagler county line. Heavy rainfall and gusty winds could slow down loading and unloading of cargo at ports and may also lead to some road closures due to flooding. Isaias is approaching Florida as the state is continuing to battle one of the worst outbreaks of the coronavirus in the nation. RELATED: Hurricane Isaias Continues To Target Florida, With Warnings In Effect Along East Coast. Hurricane Isaias rendered impacts over a large area during its lifetime to include portions of the Caribbean, the U.S. Atlantic Coast and Canada. Forecasts warn of a dangerous storm surge. After rendering impacts due to heavy rainfall and strong winds to the Caribbean, the storm made a close approach to the Florida Atlantic Coast. Isaias, previously a Category 1 hurricane, delivered torrential rains and high winds to the Bahamas Friday before heading toward Florida, according to forecasters. Isaias was downgraded Saturday evening to a tropical storm as it moved within 115 miles of … The brunt of Isaias is hitting northern Andros, New Providence, (including Nassau) and other parts of the central/northwestern Bahamas right now. At a Glance Hurricane Isaias affected an expansive area from the Caribbean Sea to the Northeast U.S. Rainfall flooding was severe in parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. "Although the track and arrival of the hurricane could still change, now is the time for North Carolinians to prepare," said Gov. In addition to personal protective equipment, the state purchased 50 additional generators in case of power outages. A hurricane /tropical storm warning remains in effect along most of the east coast of Florida. play_arrow. Top coverage. Hurricane Isaias may hit U.S. 05:21. Heavy rain, powerful winds and rough surf lashed Florida's eastern coast Sunday as Tropical Storm Isaias inched closer, but forecasters now believe the storm will not return to hurricane strength. "The situation remains fluid and can change quickly," DeSantis said Friday. "These rainfall amounts could result in isolated flash and urban flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas," the National Hurricane Center said. As of 11 a.m. Before reaching hurricane status, Isaias caused widespread flooding, power outages and landslides in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Thursday. DeSantis also said that all nursing homes and assisted living facilities were checked to make sure they have working generators onsite to continue providing care. Movement has slowed down further, now northwest at 9 mph and the center is currently about 100 miles southeast of Fort Lauderdale. Donald Bowen, left, and Doug Smith put shutters over the windows of their business as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches on Aug. 1, 2020 in Stuart, Fla. share. The current forecast is for Hurricane Isaias to increase in intensity over the next 24 hours. Forecasters predict the storm will travel northwest and arrive in southeast Florida on Saturday and Sunday. Hurricane Isais remains a Category 1 storm sustaining winds of 80 mph. Tropical Storm Isaias weakens, worst weather on track to stay off Florida’s east coast Tropical Storm Isaias is continuing to weaken, according … Tropical Storm Isaias Hovering Off Florida Coast, May Strike Carolinas as Hurricane, Then Sweep Up the East Coast . Hurricane conditions are not expected in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, but possible only a few miles up I-95 in West Palm Beach. Isaias brought winds and storm surge flooding to Dorian-affected areas … Wind gusts in excess of 74 mph will be possible from Merritt Island to south of West Palm Beach. Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in Florida. Little change in strength is forecast over the next 24 hours as Isaias moves near the east coast of Florida later tonight through Sunday. Hurricane Isaias is expected to pass near Sebastian on Sunday morning. Isaias, previously a Category 1 hurricane, delivered torrential rains and high winds to the Bahamas Friday before heading toward Florida, according to forecasters. DeSantis said everyone in Isaias' path "should have enough food, water and medicine for seven days" and said there is still time to get supplies. South Carolina Gov. Cooper. Winds from Isaias could produce high surf at ports. The Division of Emergency Management is sending 25 shelter kits with PPE to counties in the path of the storm. On Friday, DeSantis signed an executive order for a state of emergency for every coastal Florida county on the East Coast yesterday. Share Shares Copy Link. Isaias is still a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center's 8 p.m. The North Carolina National Guard has 75 guardsman and high-water vehicles on standby should they be activated to respond. Isaias weakened into a tropical storm after lashing the Bahamas, but the storm was expected to strengthen back into a hurricane Saturday night as it approaches South Florida… Updated: 9:32 AM EDT Aug 3, … The storm was downgraded on Saturday from a Category 1 hurricane … It is moving NW at 12 mph and the center is currently about 135 miles SSE of Freeport, Grand Bahamas Island. Florida began to feel the effects Sunday of a powerful storm inching in the state's direction, with forecasters warning it could reach hurricane strength by the time ... amp video_youtube Aug 2. bookmark_border. Early Saturday evening, Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm. Getty Images Florida's governor has declared a … There is a Tropical Storm warning in place as Tropical Storm Isaias moves into the Greater Antilles with the potential to affect Florida this weekend. As of 2 p.m. Isaias — a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph — was located 295 miles southeast of Nassau and moving northwest at 16 mph, as of the 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The Weather Channel. Legislative Assistant Ryan Fernandez, puts sand bags in a resident's car trunk in Palmetto Bay near Miami, on July 31, 2020, as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Isaias while a State of Emergency has been declared for 19 Counties. Isaias is expected to bring heavy rains and potentially life-threatening flash flooding and urban flooding to south and east-central Florida. ET advisory, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Isaias was still a tropical storm as of the National Hurricane Center’s 11 p.m. advisory but is expected to regain hurricane strength as it tracks closer to Florida. All times Eastern. Isaias is no longer forecast to regain hurricane strength, the National Hurricane Center said. In Puerto Rico, nearly half a million homes and businesses were without power, the Weather Channel reported. In Florida, Gov. It is forecast to remain a Category 1 hurricane through the Bahamas, as it moves along or parallel to the east coast of Florida, and then eventually up the entire east coast through early next … Ralph Northam also declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm, which is expected to affect parts of coastal Virginia starting on Monday. Hurricane Isaias was a destructive Category 1 hurricane that caused extensive damage across the Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States while also spawning a large tornado outbreak that generated the strongest tropical cyclone-spawned tornado since Hurricane Rita in 2005. ET, Isaias remains a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds at 80 mph. The track of the storm is still on course for close call with Florida’s east coast on Sunday. The latest forecast has Isaias becoming a minimal category 1 hurricane once again as it moves near the east coast of Florida throughout the day on Sunday. INTO A HURRICANE AS IT … Isaias, the ninth named storm of 2020, was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm after battering the Turks & Caicos Islands and the Bahamas. Movement is still northwest at 9 mph and the center is currently about 80 miles east-southeast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "Don't be fooled by the downgrade, we do think it will be upgraded back to a hurricane later on this evening," Gov. Check back for updates throughout the day. ET, Isaias remains a tropical storm with sustained winds of 70 mph. Storm clouds are seen over the city as Hurricane Isaias approaches the east coast of Florida on August 1, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Forecasters declared a hurricane warning for parts of the Florida coastline on Friday, as Hurricane Isaias drenched the Bahamas on a … The hurricane warning was canceled for the central Bahamas. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. Top coverage. As Florida prepares for the storm this weekend, the rest of the East Coast could feel the impacts through the beginning of next week with risks of winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge. ET, hours after the U.S. National Hurricane Center downgraded its status. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Isaias snapped trees and knocked out power as it blew through the Bahamas on Saturday and churned toward the Florida coast, threatening to complicate efforts to contain the coronavirus in places were cases are surging. Storm clouds are seen over Miami as Hurricane Isaias approaches the east coast of Florida on Saturday. Hurricane Isaias is barreling towards the Bahamas and Florida, and is on track to hit the eastern coastline over the weekend. Surfers in Delray Beach take advantage of the waves as Tropical Storm Isaias slowly churns up the coast of Florida on Sunday, August 2, 2020. The NHC said Isaias is … The confluence of hurricane season with the spike in COVID-19 cases led the American Meteorological Society on Thursday to issue new guidance for hurricane preparedness. Tropical Storm Isaias became a category 1 hurricane early Friday as the fast-moving storm heads toward Florida and the U.S. East Coast. Florida Gov. Early Saturday evening, Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm. Florida's governor has declared a state of emergency. Hurricane conditions are expected to reach the coast within the hurricane warning area in Florida late Saturday and Saturday night and will spread northward through Sunday. 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