Hurricane Isaias prompts Tropical Storm Watch for St. Johns County

July 31

5 p.m. Update: Hurricane warnings are now in effect for Boca Raton up to the Volusia/Brevard county line in Florida, based on the latest track for Hurricane Isaias. As part of this latest advisory, a tropical storm watch has also now been issued for St. Johns County. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says Isaias should pass offshore to the east of Jacksonville by late Sunday, Sunday night, into the early parts of Monday, as either a category 1 hurricane or a high-end tropical storm.

2 p.m Update: The latest advisory shows that Hurricane Isaias is getting better organized as its center will continue to move near or over the Southeastern Bahamas today.

11 a.m Update: The forecast advisory shifts slight west. In a news conference Friday morning, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in all Florida coastal counties on the east coast.

8 a.m Update: Action News Jax Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh says Hurricane Isaias remains a Category 1 storm. It has wind speeds of 80 mph, and strong winds and heavy squalls are lashing the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

5 a.m Update: The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows Hurricane Isaias is now expected to be a Category 2 hurricane as it crosses the Central Bahamas.

There is a risk of impacts from winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surge late this weekend from the northeastern coast of Florida, and spreading northward along the remainder of the east coast through early next week.

2 a.m. Update: The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows that Hurricane Isaias is now Category 1 storm located just north of the Island of Hispaniola.

Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says this latest track stays east of Jacksonville. The storm moved over the Eastern Dominican Republic on Thursday afternoon then offshore & quickly reorganized becoming the 2nd hurricane of the Atlantic season a little before midnight. Isaias is the 5th July named storm over the Atlantic which ties the record for the month set in 2005. It marks the fastest to ‘I’ beating the previous record set by “Irene” in 2005.


July 30

5 p.m Update: The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows that Tropical Storm Isaias is now expected to strengthen into a hurricane over the Bahamas and just to the east of Florida.

Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says this latest track is even more east of Jacksonville, which is a good thing. For Northeast Florida, Mike says that means bands of heavy rains on Sunday as the storm approaches, but once Isaias moves by, we’ll dry out quickly. There will also be dangerous rip currents at the beaches along with a breeze. Currently, no widespread significant damage is expected.

8 a.m Update: Tropical Storm Isaias has caused “life-threatening flash flooding and high winds over Puerto Rico,” according to the National Hurricane Center.

The agency says the storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, is about 125 miles west of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and 105 miles east-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. It’s moving northwest at 20 mph.

5 a.m Update: Tropical Storm Isaias has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, is about 100 miles west-southwest of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and 160 miles southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. It’s moving northwest at 21 mph.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra; the U.S. Virgin Islands; the British Virgin Islands; the southern and northern coastlines of the Dominican Republic, portions of Haiti’s northern coast; Turks and Caicos; and the southeast and central Bahamas.

July 29

11 p.m Update: Tropical disturbance in the Eastern Caribbean has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Isaias.

8 p.m. Update: The latest advisory shows that potential tropical cyclone nine is still in the Eastern Caribbean. Indications are that the system will be very near Florida by late in the weekend/early next week, according to Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh. As of the 8 p.m. advisory, the wind speeds are still at 45 mph.

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