Hurricane Isaias Gains Strength, Takes Aim At Florida’s East Coast
According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. update on Saturday August 1st, the center of Hurricane Isaias is on course to hit the northern Andros Island in the Bahamas Saturday afternoon followed by cruising up Florida’s east coast sometime late Saturday.
Currently the Category 1 storm’s maximum sustained winds have increased to 85 mph.
A hurricane warning was issued by the NHC for all coastal communities from Boca Raton to the Volusia-Flagler County line.
A hurricane watch is in effect from Hallandale Beach to south of Boca Raton. A storm surge watch was issued from the Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach.
Orange County is under a tropical storm warning while Brevard County was issued a hurricane warning by the National Weather Service on Saturday morning. Communities between the Volusia-Flagler County Line to Ponte Vedra Beach are also under a tropical storm warning.
Meteorologists are monitoring Isaias as any slight western adjustment of its path could dramatically vary the storm’s impact on Sunshine State, said FOX-35 meteorologist Jayme King.
“Any westerly wobble will bring these gusts further inland,” King said. “Remain prepared.”