On Friday morning, a storm swirled around the Turks and Caicos and dropped heavy rains on the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center said there could be outbreaks and downpours across 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 constant wind of 80 mph and gusts of up to 100 mph. The storm is expected to hit the coasts of Florida and Georgia this weekend. Isaiah could bypass the Carolina coast on Monday and Tuesday. East North Carolina remains in a cone of uncertainty.
At 5 a.m. Friday, the hurricane was 15 miles southwest of the island of Greater Inagua. More than 400,000 customers in Puerto Rico lost their power on Thursday, ABC News reports. Some were trapped in the flood.
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Although this path is still a long way out and could change dramatically, at this time it looks like Isaiah will at least bring rain to parts of North Carolina next week.
However, the coast is already seeing the effects of Isayas, as the high-risk rhythmic current takes effect from Friday, starting from Hatteras 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 a hurricane warning for Central and Southeastern Bahamas.
Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach said Isaiah was the oldest ninth Atlantic storm. Irina’s previous record was on August 7, 2005.
The storm’s unknown cone does include North Carolina. Current forecasts say that the storm will reach our shores on Monday morning and Tuesday.
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