Hurricane Isaias could have Staten Island impact

Potential Tropical Cyclone 9

On the NHC forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near or over the Central Bahamas this morning, near or over the Northwestern Bahamas later today, and near the east coast of the Florida peninsula this afternoon through Sunday.

"There is a risk of impacts from winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surges along portions of the United States east coast, beginning this weekend in Florida", the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said, adding that tropical storm or hurricane watches could soon issued.

Quagliariello said the storm is expected to pass SC sometime on Monday, but added there's still uncertainty about how strong the storm will be.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper also declared an emergency Friday, clearing the way for the state to move trucks and supplies more easily.

"A hurricane during a pandemic is double trouble but the state has been preparing for this scenario so that we can do our best to keep people safe from the weather as well as the virus".

Currently, Isaias is bringing hurricane conditions for portions of 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 produce 10 to 20 centimetres of rain in the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

A hurricane watch was in effect from north of Deerfield Beach northward to the Volusia-Brevard County Line.

"Some slow development of this system is possible while it turns northwestward over the western Atlantic by early next week", the NHC said. It is moving toward the northwest at about 17 miles per hour.

"These rainfall amounts will lead to life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides, as well as river flooding".

"We've been through these before, as you know", McMaster said.

The NHC said heavy rains may begin to affect South and east-Central Florida beginning late Friday night, and the eastern Carolinas by early next week, potentially causing flooding in low-lying and poorly drained areas.

Primary evacuation options should be with friends, family, or hotels or motels outside of Evacuation Zones A and B. If there is an evacuation order, the county will open a shelter at Rymfire Elementary School for people who aren't able to make other arrangements.

But he urged people to have seven days with of food, water and medication ready and said that state-run coronavirus testing sites in the areas where the storm could hit will be closed.

"Please do not engage in hurricane or COVID (-19) parties", he said. But that plan has since been changed, after Isaias' forecast track shifted farther to the east.

Saturday is the pick of the weekend as we're tracking mainly sunny skies and highs into the mid to upper 80s inland, low 80s at the coast.



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