Isaias, please make up your mind (with additional info)

NEWS

Okay, now Tropical Storm Isaias has shifted east again. Reminds me of Gale Sayers, famous Chicago Bears running back, who could shift direction almost instantly and leave defensive players in the dust. So, if you are undecided about shopping for hurricane supplies, just do it so regardless of where Isaias shifts next, you will be prepared. Keep in mind though that Isaias is not expected to reach hurricane strength if and when it passes through our area.

Here is the latest from Alert Indian River:

Tropical Storm Isaias (ees-ah-EE-ahs) is our 9th named storm for 2020, which we usually don’t see until October. The name Isaias is of Spanish origin and means God Is My Salvation.

The latest track of Tropical Storm Isaias has shifted slightly more to the east but additional adjustments are still possible.  TS Isaias is about 165 miles SE of Puerto Plata Dominican Republic.  TS watches are currently in effect for the NW Bahamas.  Isaias will likely lose some organization, forward speed, and intensity as it moves over Hispaniola and then re-emerge over very warm water by Friday morning. It is expected to recover as it approaches Florida as a strong tropical storm for the weekend.  Isaias is currently forecast to move northward along or near the east central Florida coastline Saturday and Sunday bringing squally weather and tropical storm conditions as early as Saturday morning.

Indian River County Possible Impacts:

  • There is an increasing likelihood that Tropical Storm Isaias will bring sustained tropical storm winds to parts of east-central Florida this weekend.
  • ·       A Tropical Storm Watch may be required for a portion of the Florida peninsula later today.
  • ·       Heavy rainfall totals are expected to range from 2-4” near the coast to 1-2” inland.
  • ·       Gusty winds, 45-65 mph along coast, and 35-55 mph inland.
  • ·       Dangerous rip currents will develop Friday.
  • ·       Seas will become hazardous Saturday, peaking Saturday night, and slowly improving from south to north Sunday.

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