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Hurricane warnings issued for Florida's East Coast ahead of Isaias

Hurricane Isaias expected to briefly strengthen into Category 2
Posted at 9:14 AM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 17:01:00-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Hurricans Warning has been issued on Friday for Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast due to the threat of Hurricane Isaias over the weekend.

The Hurricane Warning extends from Boca Raton to the Volusia/Brevard County line in Central Florida.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, the storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, and is moving northwest at 15 mph. The forecast cone has shifted farther west, with the eye of the hurricane very close to the Palm Beach County coastline.

According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricane hunters are finding that Isaias is getting better organized and tropical storm conditions and heavy rains are spreading into the central Bahamas.

Isaias became a Category 1 hurricane late Thursday night, and is no longer expected to strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane as it approaches the Bahamas on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will continue to move near or over the Southeastern Bahamas this afternoon and evening. Isaias is forecast to be near the Central Bahamas tonight, and move near or over the Northwestern Bahamas Saturday and near the east coast of the Florida peninsula Saturday afternoon through Sunday.

Strengthening is expected later tonight and early Saturday, and Isaias is forecast to remain a hurricane for the next couple of days.

This story was originally published by Kahtia Hall and Glenn Glazer on WPTV in Palm Beach, Florida.