A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida from Ocean Reef northward to Sebastian Inlet. Also, the National Hurricane Center is predicting Tropical Storm Isaias to turn into a hurricane on Saturday morning. Now’s the time to get your supplies ready.
Key Messages from the National Hurricane Center:
1. Isaias will produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides across Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti, Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas.
2. Hurricane conditions and dangerous storm surge are expected in portions of the central and northwest Bahamas late Friday and Saturday. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. Tropical storm conditions will continue to spread across portions of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Turks
and Caicos and the southeast Bahamas tonight through Friday, and Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for these areas.
3. Tropical storm conditions are possible along portions of the Florida east coast beginning Saturday, and a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued. While storm surge watches are not currently needed for this area, they may be required tonight or early tomorrow if the forecast track shifts closer to the coast. Heavy rains associated
with Isaias may begin to affect eastern Florida this weekend, potentially resulting in isolated flash and urban flooding.
4. There is a risk of impacts from winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surge this weekend along the Florida east coast and spreading northward along the remainder of the U.S. east coast through early next week. The details of the track and intensity forecast remain uncertain and it is too soon to determine the magnitude and location
of these potential impacts, but interests along the entire U.S. east coast should monitor the progress of Isaias and updates to the forecast.