How to pronounce Hurricane Isaias correctly


But no worries – we’re here to explain how to pronounce the name of the newly formed hurricane.

Hurricane Isaias is pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs, according to the Atlantic Basin Storm Names Pronunciation Guide.

WFTV meteorologist Irene Sans tweeted a video explaining how to say it.

The name Isaias is of Spanish and Portuguese descent, according to Dennis Feltgen, NOAA public affairs manager, who told CNN that “both countries have a long and important footprint in the West Indies.”The name was added to the list in 2009, replacing Hurricane Ike of 2008.

Feltgen said the approved names are generally common names, but are also intended to be representative of “the ethnicity of the region.”

Most of the names in the Atlantic Basin are of English and Spanish origin, he said. Some of them are French.

Where’s the storm?

The National Hurricane Center’s official forecast trail calls for the center of Hurricane Isaias to be within 40 miles of Florida from Saturday night through Sunday. Much of the state’s east coast is within the forecast cone, meaning a landing is still possible in Florida.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency across Florida’s east coast, affecting Miami-Dade via Nassau County.

The state is not opening shelters at this time, but a plan, in light of Covid-19, is in place if there is a need to open them. Shelter kits with hand sanitizer, masks and gloves would be “ready for deployment on request.”

In North Carolina, a mandatory evacuation was ordered for Ocracoke Island before Hurricane Isaias, according to a press release from Hyde County.

Visitors are to evacuate starting at 12 p.m. EST today and residents are to evacuate starting at 6 a.m. EST Saturday, the statement said.

CNN’s Hollie Silverman, Tom Sater and Angela Barajas contributed to this story.


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