(WSVN) – Isaas became a Category 1 hurricane late Thursday night after the Hunter Hurter detected a maximum steady wind of about 80 mph.
The National Hurricane Center has released a “Tropical Storm Clock” for Miami-Dade and Broward counties, from Ocean Reef north to Sebastian Inlet.
A tropical storm clock means that tropical storm conditions with winds from 39 mph to 73 mph are possible for 48 hours.
Hurricane warning is valid today for:
- Northwest Bahamas, including Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abacos, Berry, Greater Bahamas and Bimini
- Southeastern Bahamas, including Aklin, Crooked Island, Long Quay, Inagua, Mayaguana and Island Islands
- Central Bahamas, including Cat Island, Exuma, Long Island, Room Cay and San Salvador
The latter follows the forecast
Isaiah is a great storm. Winds of 40 to 60 miles per hour fan out of the center up to 415 miles. It should affect Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the South Bahamas on Thursday with heavy rain, which could lead to life-threatening outbreaks, droughts and downpours. Gusts of wind will spread throughout the region.
Isaiah will travel through the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and then move to the Dominican Republic on Thursday. How many disorders Isaiah will have is still unknown. This could turn out to be a much weaker system once in Atlantic waters. However, heavy rain and gusty winds are expected to spread to the Turks and Caicos and Southeast Bahamas later in the day.
The models suggest Isaiah is more disorganized after his influence on the Dominican Republic. The key will be where the center will appear once in the Atlantic. If it has a more eastern location, it could have more heading in the Bahamas in the northwest. If, on the other hand, it turns out to be more western, then the South Florida route may work more. This uncertainty is reflected in the cone with a slight shift to the east as of 8 am. This can change in a westerly or easterly direction once in the Atlantic.
This placement will also play a role in determining how strong it will be after a clash with the Dominican Republic. If it slows down, it may be able to absorb much-needed fuel in the form of hot water. This can give her a chance to get stronger.
For South Florida, we are considering a stronger system that leans more to the east, or a weaker system that leans more toward us. One way or another, this is a huge storm in size. The impact will be felt hundreds of kilometers from the center.
The Recon program is planned for today, which will give the Hurricane Center a better idea of the health of Isayas and his environment.
We will watch.
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