Isaias weakens in tropical storm as it approaches Florida’s east coast

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Isaias is now a tropical storm as it continues to move closer to the east coast of Florida, posing a risk of severe weather.

A FOX 35 WEATHER ALERT DAY is in place for Saturday and Sunday.

In its 5 p.m. advisory on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the storm was moving northwest at 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

FOX 35 meteorologist Kristin Giannas said that although Isaias has weakened from a tropical storm, it could regain its strength to become a hurricane again overnight as it approaches the Florida coast.

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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.

STAY PREPARED: Get All You Need To Know About The Atlantic Hurricane Season 2020 With The FOX 35 Orlando Hurricane Guide

ACTIVE WATCHES AND WARNINGS:

Hurricane Warning:

  • Boca Raton to Volusia / Flagler County Line, Florida
  • Northwest Bahamas

Hurricane watch:

  • 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

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Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for Friday before the system arrives.

Governor DeSantis sent a letter to President Trump asking him to declare an emergency before landing for the state of Florida.

DeSantis held a briefing to discuss the arrival of the hurricane on Saturday morning.

The governor says the 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 to go. distributed.

But he urged 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.

RELATED: Red Cross Advises You Take These Safety Steps As Hurricane Isaias Approaches Florida Coast

Isaias’s eye was observed from above on the morning of July 31 by a crew aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aircraft.

Isaias is the second hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

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