Tropical Storm Isaias no longer expected to become hurricane, moves closer to South Florida

Tropical Storm Isaias no longer expected to become hurricane, moves closer to South Florida
Tropical Storm Isaias no longer expected to become hurricane, moves closer to South Florida (Source: WPTV)

Tropical Storm Isaias is slowly pushing closer to South Florida and the Treasure Coast Sunday morning but is no longer expected to restrengthen into a hurricane.

According to the 8 a.m. Sunday advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Isaias now has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and moving northwest at 8 mph.

The Hurricane Warning in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast has been dropped and replaced with a Tropical Storm Warning.

The latest forecast track has a landfall along coastal Palm Beach County, northern Palm Beach County, or Martin County on Sunday morning.

Northeast Palm Beach County and the majority of the Treasure Coast are still in the cone.

WFLX First Alert Weather Meteorologist Glenn Glazer said southwesterly winds picked up and created wind shear, disrupting the storm’s chance to intensify. Also, Isaias ran into some drier air and the Bahamian island of Andros, which contributed to the eye getting greatly disrupted.

According to WFLX Chief First Alert Weather Meteorologist Steve Weagle, the storm is slowing down and the peak time period for the strongest winds will now be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Weagle said to expect power outages and 50 mph to 70 mph wind gusts, however widespread damage is unlikely.

Most models have Isaias hugging the Treasure Coast overnight and into Sunday morning. Tropical storm force winds will be felt along the Treasure Coast into Sunday afternoon, according to Weagle.

The feeder bands of the storm, containing heavy rain and strong winds, will continue to make their way onshore through Sunday morning.

Wieland said the weather will improve for Palm Beach County on Sunday morning, but not for the Treasure Coast. Some models have the storm near Vero Beach around 5 p.m.

The weather will improve overnight Sunday on the Treasure Coast into Monday morning.

On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will approach the southeast coast of Florida Saturday night and early Sunday and move near or along the east coast of Florida on Sunday and Sunday night.

On Monday and Tuesday, the center of Isaias will move from offshore of the coast of Georgia into the southern mid-Atlantic states.

Some restrengthening is possible, and Isaias could regain hurricane strength early Sunday. Slow weakening is expected to begin Sunday night and continue through Monday.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Bimini, the Berry Islands, and Grand Bahama Island

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Edisto Beach South Carolina to Cape Fear North Carolina

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Hallandale Beach Florida to South Santee River South Carolina
  • Lake Okeechobee

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • North of South Santee River South Carolina to Surf City North Carolina

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