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Hurricane Isaias rumbles through Bahamas, eastern Florida in its path

Isaias will move up the east coast of Florida this weekend
Posted at 11:01 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 23:15:10-04

The National Hurricane Center continued its move into the western Atlantic Ocean early Saturday, aiming its dangerous wind gusts and heavy rain risks toward the eastern Florida peninsula.

Isaias is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph and a generally northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected for the next couple of days followed by a turn toward the north-northwest. Maximum sustained winds are at 80 mph.

On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will continue to move near or over the Southeastern Bahamas through Saturday morning. Isaias is forecast to be near the east coast of the Florida peninsula Saturday afternoon through Sunday.

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Gradual strengthening is expected Saturday, and Isaias is forecast to remain a hurricane for the next couple of days.

A Florida landfall isn't off the table yet, but it's seeming more unlikely as most guidance keeps the storm just offshore as it moves north. The strongest winds should stay offshore, but the I-95 corridor can still expect some squally/tropical weather as early as Saturday afternoon through Sunday until it tracks away north.

Locally in the Big Bend and southern Georgia Impacts are looking minimal with the potential for some outer bands to reach I-75 counties Sunday, but that's about it. Our local area will be on the back/drier side of this storm which will help bring in some sinking air which means dry, hot, sunny weather for most of us this weekend!

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