Alright, Florida residents and Walt Disney World travelers, it looks like Tropical Storm Isaias my end up hitting Florida this weekend.
As shared by the OrlandoSentinel, Tropical Storm Isaias tightened up its organization as it hammered Puerto Rico Thursday morning and continued down a projected path with Florida in its sights.
Isaias slowed down a tad to 20 mph but its maximum wind speeds increased to 60 mph with outward winds that can be felt as far as 415 miles away from its center, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. update. It’s about 125 miles west-southwest of Ponce, Puerto Rico.
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Uncertainty remains in the storm’s future as it prepares to pass over the Hispaniola, where its low center of circulation is forecast to get ripped by the mountains. Still, hurricane models have Isaias jogging more east than previously thought, putting Central Florida in its projected cone. More shear will possibly limit the storm’s development as it passes over the Straits of Florida, too.
What leaves hurricane specialists with questions is what form the storm may take when it enters the warm waters of Florida, said FOX 35 meteorologist Jayme King in a tweet.
“Current forecast track from the NHC brings ISAIAS close to the East side of the Florida peninsula Saturday night into Sunday,” King said. “We all need to follow this. Stay prepared and be ready for changes not only in track but, intensity as well. Much uncertainty.”
Isaias is expected to make landfall in south east Florida sometime Saturday afternoon.