Tropical Storm Isaias moves east and continues its slow trek near the Florida coast

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Tropical Storm Isaias moved slightly eastward while slowly approaching the east coast of Florida, increasing rain and wind conditions.

The storm is currently bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to the northwestern Bahamas and is about 55 miles off the coast of Florida, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The storm center is expected to move near or over the east coast of Florida. FOX 35 meteorologist Jayme King expects it could make landfall in Port Canaveral late Sunday or early Monday.

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Isaias was moving northwest at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds near 65 mph. The NHC expects little change in power. A patch of drier air is expected to keep the storm intensity low and it is unlikely to return to hurricane intensity.

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With the last runway, Isaias could make landfall at Port Canaveral. Tropical storm force winds are possible for the next 24 hours, mainly gusty, but could persist along the coast.

The coast of Brevard County is already starting to receive rains, with high producing and rapidly changing tropical showers expected when Isaias gets closer. Striking bands of rain could also come inland later in the morning.

There is also a slight risk of tornadic activity as conditions continue through Sunday and Monday morning in Florida.

Along the coast, expect a storm surge between one and four feet. This can leave some docks underwater and moderate beach erosion.

Even though the sustained winds from Isaias are weaker than originally expected, FOX 35 meteorologist Jayme King wants to remind Floridians to stay alert, as even a tropical storm can still cause severe weather and damage. .

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Isaias was the second hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, but has since weakened into a tropical storm.

Isaias was once destructive in the Caribbean. On Thursday, before it became a hurricane, it uprooted trees, destroyed crops and homes, and caused widespread flooding and small landslides in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. A man died in the Dominican Republic. In Puerto Rico, the National Guard rescued at least 35 people from floodwaters that took a woman, whose body was found on Saturday.

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