VISIT FLORIDA is currently monitoring Hurricane Isaias and is in constant communication with the State Emergency Operations Center.
According to the National Hurricane Center, at 11:00 PM EDT (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Isaias was located by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft near latitude 28.5 North, longitude 79.8 West.
Isaias is moving toward the north-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the north and north-northeast along with an increase in forward speed is anticipated on Monday and Tuesday.
On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will pass just to the east of the Florida east coast through tonight. The center of Isaias will then move offshore of the coast of Georgia and southern South Carolina on Monday, move inland over eastern South Carolina or southern North Carolina Monday night and move along the coast of the mid-Atlantic states on Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Some fluctuations in strength are possible during the next 36 hours, but Isaias is expected to be a strong tropical storm when it reaches the coast of eastern South Carolina or southern North Carolina Monday night.
Slow weakening is forecast after Isaias makes landfall in the Carolinas and moves across the U.S. mid-Atlantic region late Monday and Tuesday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center. A 51 mph (82 km/h) wind gust was recently measured at NOAA buoy 41009, just off the coast of Cape Canaveral. NOAA buoy 41010, located about 130 miles (210 km) east-northeast of Cape Canaveral reported sustained winds of 49 mph (79 km/h) with a wind gust to 63 mph (101 km/h) within the past couple of hours.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb (29.39 inches).
For the latest Watches and Warnings click HERE.
On Friday, July 31, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis Declared a State of Emergency in counties along Florida’s East Coast. A copy of his executive order can be found HERE.
To watch Governor DeSantis’ press conference from the State Emergency Operations Center regarding Hurricane Isaias from Friday, click HERE.
VISIT FLORIDA has taken the following actions in response to Hurricane Isaias:
- VISIT FLORIDA's three Official Florida Welcome Centers, located at major access points into and out of the state, transitioned into emergency information centers offering the latest details on Tropical Storm Isaias.
- VISIT FLORIDA staff are participating in daily conference calls with the State Emergency Operations Center and Emergency Support Functions 18 (ESF-18) leadership to provide updates on action steps that could assist the state's response and recovery efforts.
- VISIT FLORIDA will continue to monitor the storm and will be sure to share any further pertinent information with you via email as the situation unfolds. Visitors to the state should continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Isaias over the next several days.