Hurricane Coming to Central Florida?
The forecast for Tropical Storm Isaias, the earliest ninth named
storm on record in the Atlantic, has taken a dangerous turn. The tempest is now
predicted to strengthen to a hurricane and sweep through the Bahamas before
tracking perilously close to Florida this weekend and the rest of the East Coast
Isaias has already unleashed torrential rain, flash-flooding and power outages
in Puerto Rico.
Meanwhile, tropical storm watches have been issued in Florida between Homestead
and north of Vero Beach, including in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach.
Residents in the Southeast U.S. are carefully watching the track of Isaias, with
a close shave or landfall among the possibilities.
There is a risk of impacts from winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surge this
weekend along the Florida east coast and spreading northward along the remainder
of the U.S. east coast through early next week, the National Hurricane Center