LAKE MARY, Fla. – Isaias is now a tropical storm as it continues to move closer to Florida’s east coast, bringing along a risk for severe weather.
That’s why a FOX 35 WEATHER ALERT DAY is in place for both Saturday and Sunday.
In its 5 p.m. advisory on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the storm is moving northwest at 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.
FOX 35 Meteorologist Kristin Giannas said although Isaias weakened to a tropical storm, it could regain its strength to become a hurricane again overnight at it approaches Florida’s coast.
The center of Isaias is expected to make landfall at Andros Island and is expected to approach the southeast coast of Florida later on Saturday and Sunday.
ACTIVE WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
- Boca Raton to the Volusia/Flagler County Line, Florida
- Northwestern Bahamas
- Hallandale Beach to south of Boca Raton, Florida
Tropical Storm Watch:
- North of Ponte Vedra Beach Florida to Altamaha Sound, Georgia
Tropical Storm Warning:
- North of Ocean Reef to south of Boca Raton, Florida
- Lake Okeechobee
- Volusia/Flagler County Line to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Storm Surge Watch:
- Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Governor Ron DeSantis declared a State of Emergency for Friday ahead of the system’s arrival.
Gov. DeSantis sent a letter to President Trump requesting that he declare a pre-landfall emergency for the State of Florida.
DeSantis held a briefing to discuss the incoming hurricane on Saturday morning.
The governor says the state is “fully prepared for this and any future storm during this hurricane season,” with stockpiles of personal protective equipment, generators, bottled water and meals ready to be distributed.
But, he urged that people have seven days of food, water, and medication on hand and said state-run coronavirus testing sites in the areas where the storm could hit would be closed.
The eye of Isaias 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.