Hurricane Isaias is tracking through the Caribbean Sea as the ninth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
In its latest update on Friday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) stated the storm boasts winds near 130 km/h, with higher gusts, and is located 25 km south-southwest of Great Inagua Island. The system is moving northwest at 28 km/h and a northwestward motion with some drop in speed is expected over the next couple of days followed by a shift to the north-northwest.
"On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near or over the southeastern Bahamas today. Isaias is forecast to be near the central Bahamas tonight and move near or over the northwestern Bahamas and near or east of the Florida peninsula on Saturday and Sunday," the NHC said.
Some strengthening is possible today and Isaias is expected to remain a hurricane for the next few days.
A hurricane warning is in effect for northwestern Bahamas including Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abacos Islands, Berry Islands, Grand Bahamas Island and Bimini. In southeastern Bahamas, it includes the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana and the Ragged Islands. In Central Bahamas, it includes Cat Island, the Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Dominican Republic entire southern and northern coastlines, north coast of Haiti from Le Mole St Nicholas eastward to the northern border with the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos Islands.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for the east coast of Florida from Ocean Reef to Sebastian Inlet and Lake Okeechobee.
The NHC says that interests along the southeast coast of the United States should monitor the progress of this system. Additional watches or warnings may be required for a portion of the Florida peninsula later today.
Heavy rains associated with Isaias may begin to affect the eastern Carolinas by early next week. The rain could result in isolated flash and urban flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas, as well as isolated minor river flooding.
Dominican Republic and northern Haiti could see 100 to 200 mm of rain, with isolated maximum totals of 300 mm. Bahamas and Turks and Caicos could see between 100 to 200 mm. Cuba could see 25 to 50 mm with isolated maximum totals of 100 mm. South Florida into east-central Florida may see 50 to 100 mm, with isolated maximum totals of 150 mm of rain.
Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at Colorado State University, tweeted that 2020 is now tied with 2005 for the most Atlantic named storm formations on record (since 1851) during the month of July.