Hurricane Isaias: Large storm expected to come dangerously close to Palm Beach County

Hurricane Isaias track: It’s forecast to swipe at South Florida with Category 1 strength.

Hurricane Isaias changed little overnight, keeping on a steady path toward South Florida that will bring it dangerously close to Palm Beach County as a Category 1 cyclone with wind gusts as high as 100 mph.

As of 5 a.m., the beefy storm was 125 miles south-southeast of Nassau with 85 mph winds and heading northwest at slower 12 mph.

Hurricane Isaias () is an active Category 1 hurricane that struck Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, and is currently impacting The Bahamas and threatening the East Coast of the United States. The ninth tropical storm and second hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Isaias originated from a tropical wave off the coast of Africa that was first tracked by the National Hurricane Center on July 23, 2020. The tropical wave gradually became more organized, obtaining gale-force winds on July 28, before organizing into Tropical Storm Isaias on July 30. Isaias marked the earliest ninth named storm on record, surpassing 2005’s Hurricane Irene by eight days. Isaias strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane on the next day.
Numerous tropical storm watches and warnings as well as hurricane watches and hurricane warnings were issued for the Lesser Antilles, Greater Antilles, Bahamas, Cuba, and Florida.
Isaias caused devastating flooding and wind damage in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Several towns were left without electricity nor drinking water in Puerto Rico, which prompt a disaster declaration by President Donald Trump. In the Dominican Republic, two people were killed by wind damage.

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