Isaias is now a Category One hurricane
Miami, Fl (treasurecoast.com)- Isaias is now a Category One hurricane, heading toward the Bahamas with top winds of 80 miles an hour. On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near or over the Bahamas overnight and near South Florida tomorrow. The hurricane then heads north along Florida’s east coast tomorrow and Sunday.
Isaias became a Category 1 hurricane late Thursday night with 80 mph winds, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Residents and emergency officials in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast are preparing for any potential impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias over the weekend.
Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the east coast of Florida from Ocean Reef to Sebastian Inlet and Lake Okeechobee.
As Hurricane Isaias approaches, Governor Ron DeSantis says Floridians must remain vigilant.
DeSantis called it an evolving situation and wants residents to have a plan in place. He urges everyone to have at least a week’s worth of food, water and medicine on hand.
St. Lucie County officials say they’re not planning to open emergency and special needs shelters in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaias over the weekend.
Ron Parrish, the public safety director for the county, said on Thursday that given the current forecast track and low expectations of storm surge, shelters will not open at this point.
Officials said that residents should have their hurricane kits stocked with seven days worth of food, water, and medicine. But this year, due to concerns over the deadly coronavirus pandemic, you should also have plenty of face coverings and hand sanitizer in your kit.