Hurricane Isaias Expected to Skirt Florida’s East Coast This Weekend

Florida residents and Walt Disney World travelers are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Isaias as the storm is expected to skirt the east coast of Florida this weekend.

As shared by OrlandoSentinel, Hurricane Isaias is expected to bring hurricane-force conditions along portions of Florida’s east coast late Saturday afternoon and Sunday with strong winds, heavy rains and possible flooding in low lying areas, the National Hurricane Center said.

At 5 a.m. Saturday, the hurricane center’s forecasters find Category 1 Isaias barreling slightly more toward the east and toward South Florida late Saturday and early Sunday. The forecast then shows Isaias hugging Florida’s east coast before making a slight northwesterly turn and going farther off the coast after passing Melbourne on Sunday afternoon.

As of Saturday morning, Isaias was located 80 miles south-southeast of Nassau, moving northwest at 12 mph.
As of Saturday morning, Isaias was located 80 miles south-southeast of Nassau, moving northwest at 12 mph. (National Hurricane Center)

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“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,” NHC forecasters said in an advisory.

While the storm’s center is not predicted to make a Florida landfall, Isaias’ hurricane-force winds extend 35 miles from its core, and its tropical-storm-force winds can reach up to 175 miles from its center.

Source: OrlandoSentinel

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We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.