It was only with hurricanes that it was released for parts of the Florida coast on Friday as Hurricane Isaiah hit the state of Sunshine.
Isaas, a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph, is located 295 miles southeast of Nassau and is moving northwest at 16 mph from 11 a.m. on the National Hurricane Center. A Category 1 hurricane is expected to remain through the Bahamas as it moves along or parallel to the east coast of Florida, and then eventually up the entire east coast early next week.
A hurricane clock has been issued for parts of Florida’s east coast north of Deerfield Beach to Volusia-Brevard County, meaning hurricane conditions are possible. A tropical storm warning was issued for the Florida coast north of the Oceanic Reef to Sebastian Inlet, as well as Lake Okehobi.
A hurricane warning and a tropical storm warning for Turks and Caicos are in force in the Bahamas.
After Hurricane Isayas closed in Florida, the state can expect tropical storm conditions until Friday night under gusts of wind and rising tropical rains. The big question for Florida remains whether Isaas will land on the state this weekend or stay at sea alone. Regardless of the drought, heavy rain and strong winds will be possible on Saturday and Sunday along the entire east coast. By Monday, 2-4 inches of rain may fall, with precipitation up to 6 inches in some places. How much rain will ultimately depend on how close the center of the storm reaches Florida.
Before Isaiah reaches Florida, however, he will shower parts of the Caribbean and the Bahamas on Friday with strong winds and torrential rains.
Tropical storm conditions continued in parts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Turks and Caicos on Friday morning. Hurricane conditions were expected to begin in the southeastern Bahamas by late Friday morning and spread to the central and northwestern Bahamas by Friday afternoon. A dangerous storm is expected to raise water levels by 3 to 5 feet above normal tidal levels in land areas of the Bahamas. In terms of rainfall, the Dominican Republic and northern Haiti can get 4-8 inches, with an isolated maximum of 12 inches, while the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos get 4-8 inches. These amounts of precipitation will lead to rapid flooding, mudslides and river floods.
For the Bahamas, Isaas has been less than a year since Hurricane Dorian hit the island’s chain for a relentless period of more than 48 hours.
Even after Isaias hit the Bahamas and Florida this weekend, meteorologists will monitor the storm until the middle of next week.
Heavy rain associated with Isayas is expected to affect North and South Carolina by early next week. Rain and wind can then hit the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Isaiah is quite a storm, so even if the storm is not reached in the center of the storm, the close approach to the shore can lead to significant impacts. Hurricane winds stretch 35 miles from the center and tropical winds stretch 205 miles.
According to Phil Klotzbach, a specialist in Atlantic hurricanes at Colorado State University, when Isaias became a hurricane, it was first recorded (dating from 1851) that there were two hurricane formations in the Atlantic in the last week of July. This follows in the footsteps of Hurricane Hannah, which made landfall off the coast of Texas on July 25.