RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Hurricane Isaias is now forecast to be a tropical storm when it approaches the North Carolina coast Monday night into Tuesday morning with winds around 70 mph.
The latest track update as of 8 a.m. Saturday is still quite close to the previous track and has Isaias shifting slightly to the east when over North Carolina Monday night into Tuesday. This shift was not a significant one and it doesn’t undo the westward shifts earlier in the day Friday. Wind and rain in central North Carolina are expected Monday night into Tuesday now, as opposed to early forecasts of Monday afternoon.
As of 8 a.m., Isaias’ maximum sustained winds are at 85 mph, with Isaias moving northwest at 12 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm was about 50 miles south of Nassau in the Bahamas. The center of the storm is expected to move near or over the northwestern Bahamas during the day on Saturday.
The center of Hurricane Isaias is expected to move near the east coast of the Florida peninsula tonight through Sunday.
Its track shifted slightly west earlier as of the 5 p.m. advisory while its winds stood at 75 mph.
A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for the northwestern Bahamas. Hurricane Warnings, Hurricane Watches, as well as Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings are in effect for the east coast of Florida.
The National Hurricane Center’s 8 a.m. advisory said Isaias, still a Category 1 hurricane, and is forecast to remain a hurricane over the next several days.
CBS 17’s Wes Hohenstein said Isaias will more than likely be moving more than 20 mph when it reaches North Carolina. In comparison, Hurricane Florence was traveling at 6 mph when it made landfall at Wrightsville Beach in September 2018.
Central North Carolina can expect 2 to 4 inches of rain with 30 to 50 mph winds Monday evening into Tuesday morning.
Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency ahead of Isaias’ arrival.
NHC said the storm is 50 miles south of Nassau and is moving northwest.
A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels in areas of the Bahamas.
Isaias is forecast to slow down even more over the next 24 hours.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the east coast of Florida from Boca Raton to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.
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