Tropical Storm Isaias Timeline: Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020

Tracking Isaias: Storm continues slow track towards Florida's coast

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Blog en español: Aumentarán vientos, lluvias esta noche mientras que Isaías se acerca costa este de Florida

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11:08 p.m. update:

Tropical Storm Isaias continues slow track towards Florida’s east coast

ORLANDO, Fla. — Tropical Storm Isaias is continuing to move towards Florida’s east coast Saturday night.

Isaias still has 70 mph winds after being downgraded from a hurricane in the afternoon.

The storm is currently moving northwest at 9 mph.

Isaias is forecast to intensify slightly, enough to achieve hurricane status before passing along Central Florida’s coast Sunday evening.

9:50 p.m. update:

Coast Guard urges Isaias preparations, boaters asked to stay off water

Coast Guard officials continue to urge boaters to make preparations as Tropical Storm Isaias aims to impact Florida’s coastline over the weekend.

Officials said the Coast Guard has reduced capability to respond during major storms.

Coast Guard Stations Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, and Lake Worth Inlet 45-foot response boat crews and the Coast Guard Cutter Hudson (WLIC-801) staged at Coast Guard Station Islamorada, Florida in preparation for Hurricane Isaias, Aug. 1, 2020. It is standard procedure for Coast Guard crews to stage assets before a hurricane in order to respond to search and rescue cases after it passes
Coast Guard Stations Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, and Lake Worth Inlet 45-foot response boat crews and the Coast Guard Cutter Hudson (WLIC-801) staged at Coast Guard Station Islamorada, Florida in preparation for Hurricane Isaias, Aug. 1, 2020. It is standard procedure for Coast Guard crews to stage assets before a hurricane in order to respond to search and rescue cases after it passes (United States Coast Guard/Courtesy Photo)

Hurricanes can bring potential hazards that include high surfs, dangerous rip currents, undertow conditions, heavy winds, heavy rainfall and coastal floodings.

The Coast Guard has several recommendations for the public to follow to be safe in a weather emergency. Stay off the water, evacuate as necessary, secure belongings, stay clear of beaches, be prepared and stay informed.

Coast Guard Stations Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, and Lake Worth Inlet 45-foot response boat crews and the Coast Guard Cutter Hudson (WLIC-801) staged at Coast Guard Station Islamorada, Florida in preparation for Hurricane Isaias, Aug. 1, 2020. It is standard procedure for Coast Guard crews to stage assets before a hurricane in order to respond to search and rescue cases after it passes
Coast Guard Stations Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, and Lake Worth Inlet 45-foot response boat crews and the Coast Guard Cutter Hudson (WLIC-801) staged at Coast Guard Station Islamorada, Florida in preparation for Hurricane Isaias, Aug. 1, 2020. It is standard procedure for Coast Guard crews to stage assets before a hurricane in order to respond to search and rescue cases after it passes (United States Coast Guard/Courtesy Photo)

9 p.m. update:

Tom Terry breaks down timing, impacts of Isaias on Central Florida’s coast

Tom Terry gave a breakdown Saturday evening the watches and warning that have been issued for Tropical Storm Isaias.

The storm is expected to strengthen back to a hurricane as is moves closer to Florida overnight.

8 p.m. update:

Isaias slowing, trying to reorganize

Isaias is slowing down and it is now moving northwest at 9 mph, with winds still at 70 mph. Massive convection is flaring out as the storm attempts to reorganize.

The storm could reorganize and strengthen again to a category one hurricane by 11 p.m., but dry air and wind shear will continue to make the system struggle.

7:37 p.m. update:

Tropical storm force winds reported in Florida

Tropical storm force winds were reported in St. Lucie.

Channel 9 has a team of reporters along the Florida coast.

Watch their live reports below:

Video: Tracking Tropical Storm Isaias throughout Central Florida

6:15 p.m. update

Tropical storm force winds could be felt throughout Central Florida

Strong wind is one of the four main threats with hurricanes and tropical storms.

Channel 9 meteorologist shared a graphic that shows the chance of sustained tropical-storm-force winds (39mph+) by area.

5:35 p.m. update

Volusia County leaders issue voluntary evacuation for residents near coast

Volusia County leaders have issued a voluntary evacuation for residents near the coast.

4:54 p.m. update

Isaías downgraded to tropical Storm, could strengthen again tonight; moving slower toward Florida

Isaías now holds maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and continues to lose speed. It is now moving at 10 mph to the northwest.

Tropical storm watches have been extended northward to South Carolina.

The track has shifted a bit more west; it could come very close to the coast just north of Cape Canaveral on Sunday as a tropical storm.

Isaías has a small window for intensification tonight. It could strengthen again to a category one hurricane, but the dry air and wind shear will continue to make the system struggle. Regardless, the strongest winds are expected along the Brevard and Volusia coast starting on Sunday afternoon on Sunday. The center of Isaías is forecast to be parallel to the Brevard-Volusia County line around midnight on Monday.

As this system becomes less organized it will also struggle to be picked up by the Bermuda High, which will ultimately take it northward. A faster forward movement is not expected until Monday morning.


4:30 p.m. update:

NOAA’s Hurricane Hunter aircraft flies through Hurricane Isaias

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration share videos Saturday showing the inside of Hurricane Isaias.

NOAA crews on the Hurricane Hunters aircraft named Miss Piggy shot videos while flying through the eye wall of Hurricane Isaias on Saturday morning.

NOAA also share a time-lapse video taken Friday during several passes through the storm.

3:40 p.m. update:

Volusia County leaders to give update on Hurricane Isaias

Volusia County leaders will give an update at 5:15 p.m. on Hurricane Isaias.

County officials will share the latest information on the storm from its Emergency Operations Center in Daytona Beach.

You can watch the live stream on Volusia County Emergency Management’s Facebook page.

2:55 p.m. update:

Flagler County officials ask residents to exercise an abundance of caution

Flagler County officials said they are making plans head of the arrival of Hurricane Isaias.

Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord is asking residents to exercise an abundance of caution.

“Those residents who live on the barrier island and along the intracoastal – especially if you live in a particularly low-lying area or a manufactured home – need to be prepared if we call for an evacuation tomorrow (Sunday),” Lord said. “We won’t make a decision until the morning, because we want to have the most up to date information about the storm’s track and intensity.”

The county is asking all barrier island residents with electrically dependent special medical needs to be prepared to evacuate.

The county said if it opens a shelter, it will be located at Rymfire Elementary, 1425 Rymfire Drive.

Officials said the storm will “likely make its greatest impact to Flagler County between 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday with tropical storm force winds – 39 to 73 mph with the possibility of sustained winds lasting a minute of more – mostly east of Interstate 95.”

1:55 p.m. update:

Wind shear, dry air weakening Isaias as it heads towards Florida

Isaías is weaker, barely holding up as a hurricane as there is lots of wind shear and dry air around Florida. So as the system moves toward Florida it is encountering a hostile environment.

Isaías has maximum sustained wind at 75 mph and continues to move slowly to the northwest at 12 mph.

Although the center had moved a bit more east overnight, this was accounting for a stronger system. A weaker system would make it harder for it to keep this track. Losing a center could make the system move over Florida, which would give bring more rain bands and tropical storm force winds.

1:30 p.m. update:

Orange County Fire Rescue visits homes in East Orange County

Orange County Fire Rescue tweeted Saturday afternoon that its staff is visiting manufactured homes in East Orange County. They are going door to door to make sure residents are prepared for the storm.

Power outages are a big concern because of food spoilage, safety and generator use.

12:45 p.m. update:

Hurricane Isaias moves across the Central Bahamas, remains bound for Florida

Hurricane Isaias is making its way across the Central Bahamas, and headed towards southeast Florida. It weakened a little bit, but the storm remains a Category 1 hurricane. It is not expected to strengthen or weaken any more today. As of now, it is expected to remain offshore 20-30 miles and travel parallel with Florida’s Atlantic coastline.

WFTV Meteorologist Kassandra Crimi says she expects Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening and Monday morning to be some of the ‘bigger timeframes’ for seeing impacts in Central Florida.

Watch a county by county breakdown of the storm’s current path below:

Hurricane Isaias: How will each county be impacted by the storm?

12:00 p.m. update:

Tropical Storm Warning issued for Flagler County

Flagler County is now under a Tropical Storm Warning. A Storm Surge Watch is also in effect.

A tropical storm warning was issued for Flagler County Saturday morning.
A tropical storm warning was issued for Flagler County Saturday morning. (Flagler County Emergency Management/Flagler County)

11:35 a.m. update:

Governor DeSantis calls for Floridians to be prepared, says President granted emergency declaration

Gov. Ron DeSantis urged Floridians to remain alert Saturday morning as Hurricane Isaias continued to churn towards the Atlantic coast.

“This stuff is all very much in flux and even if the eye of the storm stays off the coast, there of course is going to be impacts when you’re talking about hurricane- or tropical storm-force winds,” DeSantis during a brief update at the state Emergency Operations Center.

“So, folks need to be prepared for that. And if you’re in an area, in an evacuation zone, and you do get those orders to evacuate, please heed that call.”

The Governor also Tweeted that President Trump had approved his request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration for the counties in the path of the hurricane.

11:00 a.m. update:

Latest track shows Isaias remains on path for Florida coastline

There is no change in the track. Hurricane Isaias currently making landfall on Northern Andros Island, but it has weakened some.

It is still a Category 1 storm with winds at 80 mph.

Right now, it is still expected to parallel the Central Florida coastline through the day tomorrow as a weak Category 1 storm.

Hurricane Isaias: Saturday 11 a.m. track remains unchanged, still headed towards Florida coastline

10:30 a.m. update

Sandbags, shopping: Central Florida gets ready

Central Florida residents are spending their Saturday getting ready for the storm.

Reporter Ashley Edlund reports cars are lined up at Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville to collect sandbags.

Brevard County is under a hurricane warning at this hour.

Brevard County residents lined up to collect sandbags ahead of Hurricane Isaias Saturday morning.
Brevard County residents lined up to collect sandbags ahead of Hurricane Isaias Saturday morning. (Ashley Edlund/WFTV)

5:00 a.m. update:

Overnight track shows no major changes

No major changes overnight as Hurricane Isaias continues a track towards Central Florida’s coastline.

The National Hurricane Center says Isaias should reach the southeast coast of Florida later today.

It’s closest approach to Central Florida beaches will be through the day on Sunday.

Brevard and Coastal Volusia Counties remain under a hurricane warning.

Interior Volusia, Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties remain under a Tropical Storm Warning.

A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, these conditions make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.