Hurricane Isaias Florida, Bahamas and Florida brace for heavy rain

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Hurricane Isaias Florida, Bahamas and Florida brace for heavy rain.

Hurricane Isaias strengthened overnight, with winds now at 85 mph, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Its ragged eye is near the astern Andros Island.

Hurricane conditions are expected along portions of Florida’s east coast late Saturday and Saturday night,

Location: 50 miles south of Nassau
Maximum sustained winds: 85 mph
Present movement: northwest at 12 mph
Next advisory: 11 a.m.

At 8 a.m., the center of Hurricane Isaias was located 50 miles south of Nassau.

Isaias is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph, and a general northwest motion, with some decrease in forward speed, is expected for the next day or so, followed by a turn toward the north-northwest by late Sunday.

On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near or over the Northwestern Bahamas later today and near the east coast of Florida tonight through Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph, with higher gusts.

Little change in strength is expected through Sunday, and Isaias is forecast to remain a hurricane during this time.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 988 mb.

Hurricane conditions are expected to reach Florida’s coast within the hurricane warning area in Florida tonight and will spread north through Sunday.

“Wind gusts of 60-70 mph can occur over the Bahamas and eastern Florida through the weekend, with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ wind gust of 80 mph possible in eastern Florida and 100 mph expected in the western parts of the Bahamas,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller.

Expected rainfall from Isaias, from Friday night through Tuesday in South and east Central Florida, could be 2 to 4 inches, with isolated totals of 6 inches, the Hurricane Center said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in every coastal county of Florida’s Atlantic Coast, stretching from Miami-Dade to Nassau counties, on Friday in preparation for the storm.

“While current projections have the eye of Isaias remaining at sea, the situation remains fluid and can change quickly,” DeSantis said at a press conference on Isaias Friday. DeSantis called on Floridians to remain vigilant and heed warnings.

AccuWeather forecasters expect Isaias to make a run along the eastern seaboard of the United States this weekend into early next week.

How far west versus east Isaias tracks and exactly how strong and large the eye wall becomes will determine the severity of conditions in the Bahamas and along the Florida Atlantic coast, AccuWeather said.

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