Storm Isaias: Tropical storm warning in effect for Florida’s east coast

Check back throughout the day for the latest updates on Isaias and how it could impact Florida.

Tropical storm Isaias continues to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the northwestern Bahamas as tropical storm conditions near Florida’s east coast according to the 5 a.m. advisory by the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC report indicates that the maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected during the next couple of days.

Isaias by the numbers at 5 a.m.:

  • Location: About 45 miles east-northeast of Fort Lauderdale and 45 miles southeast of West Palm Beach
  • Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph
  • Present movement: 9 mph
  • Next advisory: 8 a.m.

According to the latest report, Isaias is moving at about 9 mph in a northwestward motion. The storm is expected to continue that general movement today followed by a north-northwestward motion by tonight.

A turn toward the north and north-northeast is anticipated on Monday and Tuesday with an increase in forward speed. The forecast track shows the the center of Isaias will move near or over the east coast of Florida today through late tonight.

On Monday and Tuesday, the center of Isaias will move from offshore of the coast of Georgia into the southern mid-Atlantic states.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.

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Jigsha Desai runs a digital team of producers and planners for several newsrooms in Florida. Support their work by subscribing to a local news organization. And find her on Twitter as @jigsha. 

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