(WSVN) – Isaiah became a Category 1 hurricane on Thursday night, after a Hunter Hurricane plane detected sustained maximum winds near 80 mph.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm clock for Miami-Dade and Broward counties, from Ocean Reef in the north to Sebastian Inlet.
A tropical storm clock means tropical storm conditions can be made with winds of 39 mph to 73 mph in 48 hours.
A hurricane warning is already in effect for:
- To the northwest of the Bahamas, including Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, the Abacus Islands, the Berry Islands, the Bahamas Island and Bimini.
- Southeast Bahamas, including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, Inaguas, Mayaguana and Ragged Islands
- The Central Bahamas, including Cat Island, Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador
Most recent forecast track
Isaiah is a great storm. Winds of 40 to 60 miles per hour make from the center up to 415 miles. It should affect Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southern Bahamas with heavy rains that could cause floods, landslides and landslides. Strong winds will spread across the region.
Isaiah will travel to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and then cross into the Dominican Republic on Thursday. It is not yet known what disruption it will have for Isaiah. It can leave a much weaker system once in the Atlantic waters. However, heavy rains and strong winds should spread to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas throughout the day.
The models suggest a more disorganized Isaiah after its impact with the Dominican Republic. The key will be where the center comes out once in the Atlantic. If placed more easily, it could pass more than one northwest of the Bahamas. If, on the other hand, it goes further west, there could be a route further south in Florida. This uncertainty is reflected in the cone, with a slight eastward shift from 8 a.m., which may change westward or eastward once in the Atlantic.
This placement will also play a decisive role in how strong it will be after the clash with the Dominican Republic. If it slows down, it can absorb the necessary fuel in the form of hot water. This could give you a chance to strengthen yourself.
For South Florida, we are studying the possibility of a stronger system leaning further east or a weaker system leaning more on us. Either way, this is a huge size storm. The impacts will be felt hundreds of miles from the center.
Reconstruction is scheduled for today, which will give the Hurricane Center a better idea of the health of Isaiah and its environs.
We will be watching.
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