Through the weekend, we will get a better idea on how much rain, wind, and any storm surge that Isaias will give our region, Cruz said.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Hurricane Isaias ripped shingles off roofs and blew over trees as it carved its way through the Bahamas early Saturday and headed toward the Florida coast, where officials in Miami said they were closing beaches, marinas and parks.
A hurricane warning was in effect for Florida's east coast from Boca Raton, just north of Miami, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) north to the Volusia-Brevard county line.
It was forecast to pass over the southeastern Bahamas during the night, be near the central Bahamas late Friday and move near or over the northwestern Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday.
He expects the biggest threat to the area to be rainfall and rough waters from the storm system, which is now a Category 1 hurricane.More news: Work begins in France to recreate process that powers Sun
Some additional strengthening is possible today, and Isaias is forecast to remain a hurricane for the next couple of days. The storm is now bringing unsafe rains to the Bahamas.
Tropical Depression 10 is about 265 miles east of the Cabo Verde Islands off Africa and is expected to continue north of the Islands Friday night and Saturday.
Isaias was expected to drop from 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of rain in the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Warning of a unsafe and destructive storm surge, the NHC says that if the peak surge coincides with the ocean's high tide, coastal areas from Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach could see a surge of 2-4 feet. Over the next day, Isaias is expected to slow its forward motion and turn more toward the north-northwest, to hug the USA coastline.
The wave has a zero percent chance forming into a cyclone in the next 48 hours and a low 30% chance forming in five days.More news: Private Division signs deals with Roll7, Moon Studios and League of Geeks
"Unfortunately, Isaias appears to be taking a somewhat similar track along the United States east coastline, such as Matthew in 2016 and Dorian in 2019", Graves said.
"These rainfall amounts will lead to life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides, as well as river flooding".
If evacuations and shelters become necessary in North Carolina, the governor's office says, anyone seeking shelter will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.
Hurricane Isaias was barreling towards Florida on Friday, a day after the state registered a record 253 coronavirus deaths and authorities closed down some COVID-19 testing centers to prepare for the looming storm. Some shelters will be open as an emergency precaution, but capacity in the shelters will be limited due to COVID-19 precautions. The storm's main effect would be to sites set up outside and vulnerable to the wind, he said. If the track moves farther east and out to sea, then our impacts will be far less.More news: Beyoncé's celebratory visual album 'Black Is King' drops on Disney+