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Tropical Storm Isaias

Isaias Leaves the Sunshine State Mostly Unscathed

Aug 5, 2020

Isaias may have spared the Sunshine State earlier this week, but the peak of hurricane season has only just begun, as nearly 80 percent of all tropical storms occur in August, September and October.

Updated at 12:15 a.m. ET Wednesday

Isaias, now a post-tropical cyclone, is still bringing strong winds, heavy rainfall and the threat of tornadoes as it moves into southeastern Canada after passing through southern and central New England.

As of 11 p.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was about 45 miles south-southeast of Montreal, and clocking maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

Updated at 5:10 a.m. ET Tuesday

The National Hurricane Center says Isaias came ashore near Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., on Monday just after 11 p.m. ET with sustained winds of 85 mph, but it lost some of its steam within hours, weakening into a tropical storm.

The system was expected to swirl up the Mid-Atlantic coast and into the northeastern United States on Tuesday night.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

After skirting the east coast of Florida throughout the weekend, Tropical Storm Isaias is poised to exit the state on a path to the Carolinas as a hurricane once again.

National Hurricane Center map predicting the track of Tropical Storm Isaias.
National Hurricane Center

Isaias continues a slow churn off of Florida’s east coast Sunday as a tropical storm, with wind gusts nearing hurricane strength.

As some Florida warnings from the National Hurricane Center are being discontinued, other portions of the eastern U.S. seaboard are preparing for Isaias.

National Hurricane Center map predicting the track of Tropical Storm Isaias.
National Hurricane Center

Isaias weakened to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon, but is forecast to re-strengthen to a hurricane overnight as it approaches Florida's east coast.

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WFSU

Gov. Ron DeSantis is holding a press conference regarding Tropical Storm Isaias at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

You can see the video below.

NOAA

Hurricane Isaias is now expected to move directly toward Florida's East Coast Saturday night, producing hurricane force winds and a life-threatening storm surge along portions of the Treasure and Space Coasts.

map of hurricane track
National Hurricane Center

Portions of Florida's east coast are under a hurricane warning as Isaias has swelled into a hurricane that could further strengthen while threatening to brush the state this weekend.

tropical storm map
National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Isaías is forecast to become a hurricane by the time it approaches the Atlantic Coast of Florida Saturday. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued from Ocean Reef to Sebastian Inlet, or roughly from Miami to Fort Pierce.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

Tropical Storm Isaias is pounding Puerto Rico with heavy rain and strong winds as it continues on an as-yet uncertain path toward Florida, even with the forecast path continuing to shift east.

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Florida Department of Health Pinellas County / Facebook

With Tropical Storm Isaias expected to lash Florida this weekend, the Division of Emergency Management said state-supported testing sites for COVID-19 will temporarily close at 5 p.m. Thursday.

National Hurricane Center map
National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Isaias formed late Wednesday, and as it continues to move west across the Caribbean, Florida remains within the “cone of uncertainty.”