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Tropical Storm Isaias has potential to become a hurricane on Friday

Thursday, July 30th 2020, 8:55 pm - The ninth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is Isaias, which is currently churning its way through the Caribbean Sea.

Tropical Storm Isaias is tracking through the eastern Caribbean Sea as the ninth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

In its latest update on Thursday evening, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) stated the storm boasts winds near 95 km/h, with higher gusts, and is located 70 km west-southwest of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. The system is moving northwest at 31 km/h and a northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.

"Isaias is forecast to be near the Central Bahamas on Friday night and move near or over the Northwestern Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday," the NHC said.


Strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Isaias is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday or Friday night.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Northwestern Bahamas including Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abacos Islands, Berry Islands, Grand Bahamas Island and Bimini.

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, Southeastern Bahamas including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands, Central Bahamas, including Cat Island, the Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the east coast of Florida from Ocean Reef to Sebastian Inlet. The NHC says that interests along the southeast coast of the United States should monitor the progress of this system. Isaias could bring heavy rain to parts of eastern Florida over the weekend, which has the potential to cause isolated flash flooding and urban flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas.

Puerto Rico, 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.

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.

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