LAKE MARY, Florida – Hurricane Isaias weakened slightly but continues to move closer to the east coast of Florida, posing a risk of severe weather. This is why a FOX 35 WEATHER ALERT DAY is in place for Saturday and Sunday.
In its 11 a.m. notice on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the storm was moving northwest at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. It has weakened by about 5 mph and little change in strength is expected for the remainder of the day. It is expected to remain a hurricane but could weaken further on Monday.
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The center of Isaias is expected to make landfall on Andros Island and is expected to approach the southeast coast of Florida later Saturday and Sunday.
FOX 35 meteorologist Jayme King goes down when central Florida begins to feel the effects, warning that “the closest crossing point to central Florida will be around 6:30 am Sunday. Conditions in the area deteriorate from late Saturday to Sunday. Sunday night. We should see improvements from Sunday to Monday. ”
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Winds and rain will increase overnight on Saturday, with winds between 50 and 60 mph and gusts of over 90 mph along the coast possible. Wind gusts overland will be closer to 50 mph.
ACTIVE WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
- Boca Raton to Volusia / Flagler County Line, Florida
- Northwest Bahamas
- Hallandale Beach south of Boca Raton, Florida
Tropical Storm Watch:
- North of Ponte Vedra Beach Florida in Altamaha Sound, Georgia
Tropical Storm Warning:
- North of Ocean Reef south of Boca Raton, Florida
- Lac Okeechobee
- Volusia / Flagler County Line to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Storm surge monitoring:
- Jupiter Inlet at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency on Friday before the system arrived. He also sent a letter to President Trump asking him to declare an emergency before arriving ashore for the state of Florida.
He held a briefing on the arrival of the hurricane on Saturday morning.
Governor says state is “fully prepared for this storm and any future storm during this hurricane season,” with stocks of personal protective equipment, generators, bottled water and meals ready for distribution. .
But he urges people to have seven days of food, water and medicine and said state-run coronavirus testing sites in areas where the storm could strike will be closed.
Hurricane Isaias is the second hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
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