FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Isaias is a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 miles per hour.
As of the 5 p.m. Friday advisory, Isaias is currently located across parts of the Bahamas and it is moving to the northwest at 15 mph.
Isaias strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane late Thursday afternoon after whipping across the Dominican Republic.
CARIBBEAN - Eye of Hurricane #Isaias as seen this morning from flight station of NOAA WP3D Orion Miss Piggy #NOAA43, credit Lt. Cmdr. Doremus, NOAA Corps. Follow @NHC_Atlantic for latest forecast and advisories. #FlyNOAA #MsPiggyFlies pic.twitter.com/9gbF0nXx4y
— NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (@NOAA_HurrHunter) July 31, 2020
According to the National Hurricane Center, Isaias is expected to batter the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos through Saturday and bring 4 to 8 inches of rainfall.
The center of Isaias is expected to be close to the east coast of Florida late Saturday.
This prompted a hurricane watch and tropical storm warnings for the area.
Tropical storm conditions are expected with hurricane conditions possible along portions of the Florida east coast beginning tomorrow (Saturday), and a Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch are in effect. #Isaias
— National Weather Service (@NWS) July 31, 2020
The rip current threat along the eastern seaboard has increased for the weekend.
Portions of south and east central Florida could be dealing with rainfall totals of 4-6 inches.
According to the NHC, the forward motion of Hurricane Isaias will decrease in the next day or two and it will then turn toward the north-northwest over the weekend.
Exactly where Isaias will affect the United States and how intense it will be is still unknown.
The storm could affect the majority of the eastern seaboard into next week and it could bring tropical storm force winds as far north as Maine by Wednesday.
Isaias is the earliest “I” named storm which formed in the Atlantic July 29, 2020.
The previous record was set by Irene on August 7, 2005.
This continues the record-breaking pace of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
It is the first time in history that the Atlantic basin has had two hurricanes in the last week of July.
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) July 31, 2020