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The Watchers by Teo Blašković on July 30, 2020

Tropical Storm "Isaias" formed at 03:00 UTC on July 30, 2020, as the 9th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Isaias continued record early storm formations in the basin and is now the earliest 9th Atlantic named storm formation on record. The previous record was held by Irene which formed on August 8, 2005. According to Dr. Philip Klotzbach, Isaias is the 5th Atlantic named storm formation in July 2020, tying it with 2005 for the most Atlantic named storm formations on record (since 1851) during July.

NHC key messages:

•   Isaias will produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides across the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti, and over the Bahamas, NHC warns.

•   Tropical storm conditions are likely across portions of the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico through this morning (LT, July 30) and will spread westward to portions of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas later today and Friday. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for these areas. Do not focus on the details of the track forecast, as rainfall and wind hazards will extend far from the center of the system.

•   While this system could bring some rainfall and wind impacts to portions of Cuba and Florida later this week and this weekend, it is too soon to determine the location or magnitude of those impacts. Interests there should monitor the progress of this system and updates to the forecast over the next couple of days.

Heavy rainfall and gusty winds started spreading over the Lesser Antilles on July 28, while Isaias was still a disturbance. As it moved further WNW, bad weather spread to the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.


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Just what people need -- on top of COVID.

Our meteorologists in western PA are saying the storm might give us some rain next week.  A lot depends on the path of the storm -- where will it hit when it comes to the US.  Some are saying it might not hit the US at all, but maybe go out to sea.  We are too far away for the wind, storms and what have you others may get along the coast.  But for us any rain from this storm would be a blessing.  it's terribly dry here. 

Prayers up for anyone in the direct path. 
« Last Edit: July 31, 2020, 07:11:14 AM by Applewood »

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Bahamas bracing for Hurricane "Isaias"

The Watchers by Teo Blašković on July 31, 2020

Tropical Storm "Isaias" -- the 9th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season -- has strengthened into a hurricane at 03:40 UTC on July 31, 2020. At the time, its center was located about 110 km (70 miles) ESE of Great Inagua Island, Bahamas, moving NW at 30 km/h (18 mph). NHC forecast calls for the center of Isaias to move near or over the southeastern Bahamas on Friday, July 31, 2020. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. Future forecast track remains uncertain at this time, but there is a notable chance of a hurricane moving close to the U.S. East Coast. Heavy rains associated with Isaias may begin to affect South Florida and east-Central Florida beginning late tonight (LT), potentially resulting in isolated flash and urban flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas.

At 04:00 UTC, the government of the Bahamas has issued a Hurricane Warning for the central and southeastern Bahamas, which include the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana, the Ragged Islands, Cat Island, the Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador.

At 09:00 UTC, the center of Hurricane "Isaias" was located just 25 km (15 miles) SSW of Great Inagua Island and about 620 km (385 miles) SE of Nassau. Its maximum sustained winds were 130 km/h (80 mph). The system had a minimum central pressure of 990 hPa and was moving NW at 28 km/h (17 mph), according to the NHC.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

- Northwestern Bahamas including Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abacos Islands, Berry Islands, Grand Bahamas Island, and Bimini
- 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 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:

- East coast of Florida from Ocean Reef to Sebastian Inlet
- Lake Okeechobee

More at link.

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Thanks for the update @Elderberry

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??? I believe DeSantis has already declared a state of emergency.  Right now our local weather forecasters are indicating it may come in on FL's east coast as a Cat 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds and wind gusts of 90.  It has a potential to strengthen, but expected to remain a Cat. 1.  We'll know more with the 11:00 p.m. advisory.

Personally, unless it significantly intensifies to a Cat 2 or shifts further west, I am not concerned.
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