The newly named Tropical Storm Isaias appears to be swerving slowly to the east, and may even miss Florida altogether. But Governor Ron DeSantis warned Floridians Wednesday to have plans ready in case the weekend storm swerves back toward the state.
Isaias has been brewing in the Northeast Caribbean, wandering aimlessly for several days, but in the general direction of southern Florida and the Bahamas. It’s the ninth named storm of 2020.
“We still are not at the point where we really could, I think, credibly anticipate a trajectory,” DeSantis said Wednesday while in Clearwater. “But I do think it is possible that there are impacts in the state of Florida. And we see those impacts as anywhere from kind of severe storms all the way up to a potential hurricane.”
The latest track shows the storm skirting the east coast of Florida before moving up eastern seaboard.
DeSantis told Floridians to have all necessary items you would use to prepare for Hurricane season. The latest forecast projects Isaias to reach Florida by late Saturday night, delivering 50 mph sustained winds extending outward up to 345 miles. Isaias currently sits about 155 miles south of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and is projected to make landfall over southern Dominican Republic by noon Thursday.
The most recent forecast projects Isaias will produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides across the Carribean and likely into Florida. There is a risk of impacts from winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surge along long portions of the U.S. east coast beginning this weekend.
Isaias will change little in intensity as it moves northward. Tropical storm conditions and very large seas are expected over a large portion of the SW North Atlantic waters as the center of Isaias approaches the SE Bahamas Thursday or early Friday.