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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