Hurricane Isaias churns toward Florida

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Hurricane Isaias strengthened slightly overnight and remains on a track that brings it extremely close to Florida’s east coast. See the latest storm maps and models hereAs of 8 a.m. Saturday, Isaias was about 50 miles south-southeast of Nassau, Bahamas, and was moving northwest at 12 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.The storm has sustained winds of 85 mph and is moving over the central region of the Bahamas Saturday morning and near or over the northwestern Bahamas later in the day. The storm is expected to move near the east coast of the Florida peninsula Saturday afternoon through Sunday, the NHC said.Track Isaias with the WESH 2 News appOn Thursday, Isaias’ exterior slammed Puerto Rico before it went over the Dominican Republic, all as a tropical storm.A hurricane warning is in effect for Boca Raton to the Volusia/Brevard County line, as well as for the northwestern and central Bahamas, NHC said. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.Central Florida county-by-county Hurricane Isaias impacts 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 is expected to produce up to 8 inches of rain in the Bahamas and up to 6 inches in southern and east-Central Florida along with the Carolinas into the mid-Atlantic states. Northeastern Florida and coastal Georgia are expected to get up to 2 inches of rain this weekend, NHC said.Those heavy rains could cause storm surge that could combine with the tide to “cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline,” NHC said. Water in Florida could reach up to 4 feet above the ground and up to 5 feet above normal tide levels in the Bahamas.More resources:How to use technology to stay safeUnderstanding hurricane warning systemsFlying into the storm with NOAAThe importance of insurance

Hurricane Isaias strengthened slightly overnight and remains on a track that brings it extremely close to Florida’s east coast.

See the latest storm maps and models here

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As of 8 a.m. Saturday, Isaias was about 50 miles south-southeast of Nassau, Bahamas, and was moving northwest at 12 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm has sustained winds of 85 mph and is moving over the central region of the Bahamas Saturday morning and near or over the northwestern Bahamas later in the day. The storm is expected to move near the east coast of the Florida peninsula Saturday afternoon through Sunday, the NHC said.

Track Isaias with the WESH 2 News app

On Thursday, Isaias’ exterior slammed Puerto Rico before it went over the Dominican Republic, all as a tropical storm.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Boca Raton to the Volusia/Brevard County line, as well as for the northwestern and central Bahamas, NHC said. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

Central Florida county-by-county Hurricane Isaias impacts

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Isaias is expected to produce up to 8 inches of rain in the Bahamas and up to 6 inches in southern and east-Central Florida along with the Carolinas into the mid-Atlantic states. Northeastern Florida and coastal Georgia are expected to get up to 2 inches of rain this weekend, NHC said.

Those heavy rains could cause storm surge that could combine with the tide to “cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline,” NHC said. Water in Florida could reach up to 4 feet above the ground and up to 5 feet above normal tide levels in the Bahamas.

More resources:

How to use technology to stay safe

Understanding hurricane warning systems

Flying into the storm with NOAA

The importance of insurance

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