On Friday morning, the storm swirled around Turks and Caicos and sent heavy rain across the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center said lightning floods and mudslides were possible in the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.
The hurricane is currently moving northwest at 17 mph with a maximum sustained wind of 80 mph and gusts up to 100 mph. The storm is expected to sweep the coast of Florida and Georgia this weekend. Isaias could wash Carolina̵
At 5 a.m., the hurricane was 15 miles southwest of Great Inagua Island. More than 400,000 Puerto Rican customers lost power on Thursday, according to ABC News. Some were trapped in the floods.
Although this road is still long and could change dramatically, at this point it looks like Isaiah will at least bring rain to parts of North Carolina next week.
However, the effects of Isayas are already being seen on the coast, as high-risk risky currents take effect on Friday, stretching from Hatteras down to Carolina Beach. The increased threat will continue over the weekend as the storm continues to move north.
At midnight, the National Hurricane Center issued hurricane warnings for the Central and Southeastern Bahamas.
University of Colorado hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach said Isaiah was the earliest ninth Atlantic, called Storm. The previous recording was by Irene on August 7, 2005.
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The center of Isayas is expected to move over Hispaniola at the end of Thursday. When tropical systems move over the mountainous region of Spain, they are often difficult to predict. The path and strength of the storms are likely to change in the next few days.
The cone of storm uncertainty does include North Carolina. Current forecasts say that the storm will reach our shores from Monday to Tuesday morning.
Stay with the ABC11 First Alert Weather team while they monitor this hurricane and any threats that could cause North Carolina.
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