A hurricane clock was released off parts of the Florida coast on Friday as Hurricane Isaias targeted Sunshine State.
Isaias, a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph, was located 295 miles southeast of Nassau and was moving northwest at 16 mph, as of 11 a.m. from the National Hurricane Center. It is projected to remain a Category 1 hurricane through the Bahamas as it moves along or parallel to Florida’s east coast and then eventually rises to the entire east coast early next week.
A hurricane clock has been issued for parts of Florida’s east coast from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia-Brevard County line, which means hurricane conditions are possible. A tropical storm warning was issued for the coast of Florida from the north from the Ocean Reef to Sebastian Inlet, as well as for Lake Okihobi.
There is a hurricane warning in the Bahamas, and a tropical storm warning for Turks and Caicos.
When Hurricane Isaias closes in Florida, the state can expect tropical storm conditions until Friday night in the form of gusty winds and intensified tropical downpours. The big question for Florida is whether Isaias will blow up the state this weekend or just stay by the sea. Regardless of landfall, heavy rain and strong winds will be possible on Saturday and Sunday along the entire east coast. By Monday, 2-4 inches of precipitation may fall, in some places up to 6 inches of precipitation. How much rain will eventually fall will depend on how close Florida gets to the center of the storm.
Before Isaiah reaches Florida, he will flood parts of the Caribbean and the Bahamas on Friday with strong winds and torrential rains.
In tropical conditions, the storm continued in parts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, as well as Turks and Caicos on Friday morning. Hurricane conditions were expected to begin in the southeastern Bahamas by late Friday morning, and by Friday afternoon to spread to the central and northwestern Bahamas. A dangerous storm rise is forecast, which will raise the water level 3-5 feet above the normal tide level in areas of land winds in the Bahamas. In terms of rainfall, the Dominican Republic and northern Haiti can get 4-8 inches, with some maximum amounts being 12 inches, while the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos get 4-8 inches. These amounts of precipitation will lead to rapid flooding, downpours and flooding of rivers.
In the Bahamas, Isaas has been less than a year since Hurricane Dorian broke the island chain for more than 48 hours.
Even after Isaiah affects the Bahamas and Florida this weekend, meteorologists will monitor the storm until the middle of next week.
Heavy rain associated with Isaiah is forecast to affect North and South Carolina early next week. Rain and wind could affect the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Isaiah is a fairly large storm, so even if the storm center does not make a landfill, a close approach to the coast can have significant consequences. Winds of hurricane forces extend 35 miles from the center, and winds of tropical storms – at a distance of 205 miles.
According to Phil Klotzbach, a specialist in Atlantic hurricanes at Colorado State University, when Isaiah became a hurricane, it was first recorded (since 1851) that there were two hurricane forms in the Atlantic in the last week of July. This is due to Hurricane Hannah, who landed on the coast of Texas on July 25.