Isaias Strengthens To Category 1 Hurricane With South Florida In Sight

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Jul 31, 2020 - 07:02 AM

Tropical Storm Isaias was upgraded in the overnight hours to a Category 1 hurricane. 

Hurricane Isaia has maximum sustained winds at 80 mph and is quickly moving northwest at 17 mph, located 15 miles south-southwest of Great Inagua Island, reported CBS Orlando

Isaia is expected to pass over the southeastern Bahamas early Friday, then central Bahamas Friday evening, and should close in on South Florida by Saturday. The storm is expected to hug the Florida coast through the weekend.

Most spaghetti models show the hurricane could move up the East Coast and head to the Outer Banks by late Monday. A couple of models show the storm tracks more into the Atlantic. There's even a model of the storm heading into the Gulf of Mexico. 

"As of now, the center of Isaias is expected to remain off the coast of Florida," News 6 meteorologist Jonathan Kegges said. "The worst of the weather is on the northern and western side of the storm."

A more precise track will be determined later in the day on Friday.