Tropical Storm Watch expanded in central NC, Isaias to arrive late Monday through early Tuesday

Tracking the Tropics

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Tropical storm Isaias is expected to remain a tropical storm over the next few days as it moves along the Florida coast on Sunday, then along the East Coast early next week

Winds are sustained at 65 mph as Isaias move to the northwest at 9 mph, according to the 2 p.m. Sunday update from the National Hurricane center.

Isaias is located about 45 miles east-southeast of Vero Beach, Florida.

According to the NHC, Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to make a turn toward the north-northeast on Monday and Tuesday with an increase in forward speed. On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near the east coast of Florida today through late tonight. Then Isaias will move from the coast of Georgia into the Mid-Atlantic states.

Tropical-storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.

Central North Carolina remains in the path, and the center of Isaias may move inland along the I-95 corridor as we move into early next week. The National Hurricane Center forecasts 3 to 5 inches of rain in North Carolina, with isolated maximum totals of 7 inches. Wind gusts of 30 to 60 mph will be possible.

A Tropical Storm Watch is expanded across central NC. This means that tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.

A flash flood watch has been issued for much of central North Carolina because of heavy rainfall possible from the storm. It goes into effect Monday at 2 p.m. and expires Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Changes in the track will mean changes to our forecast, so keep checking back for updates in the coming days.

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