PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Hurricane Isaias is expected to maintain its strength as the Category 1 storm makes its way closer to the east coast of Florida on Saturday.
On the National Hurricane Center’s 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 then near the east coast of the Florida peninsula tonight through Sunday.
As of 5 a.m., Isaias was about 80 miles south-southeast of Nassau, Bahamas. The storm has been producing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, with higher gusts, and it is moving northwest at 12 mph.
Little change in strength is expected through Sunday.
Tropical-storm-force wind gusts have already been reported in parts of Miami-Dade County, according to Local 10 meteorologist Julie Durda, and South Florida should be feeling effects from the outer bands of Isaias off and on Saturday morning and afternoon.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center of Isaias, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 988 mb.
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The storm has already caused storm surge flooding, landslides and damaged roofs, crops and trees in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.
A man was electrocuted in the Dominican Republic and a woman vanished during flooding in Puerto Rico. There were also power outages and water service disruptions.
South Florida residents should expect 2 to 4 inches of rain, with isolated maximum totals of 6 inches. The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.
The water could reach one to 3 feet above ground from North Miami Beach to the Jupiter Inlet if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide.
In coastal Broward County, areas north of Hallandale Beach remain under a Hurricane Watch. Residents there should expect maximum sustained winds near 80 mph with higher gusts. Broward County Mayor Dale Holness said Port Everglades closed to inbound ships.
In coastal Miami-Dade County, areas north of Ocean Reef remain under a Tropical Storm Warning. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said public parks and beaches will be closed indefinitely at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcross said the stronger the hurricane is the more likely it is that Miami-Dade and Broward counties won’t feel the worst of it.
Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 19 counties, including Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Boca Raton to the Volusia/Brevard County line, Northwestern Bahamas and Central Bahamas.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect from Hallandale Beach to south of Boca Raton.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect North of Ocean Reef to the south of Boca Raton and Lake Okeechobee.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from the Flagler/Volusia County line to Ponte Vedra Beach.
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from the Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach.
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Local 10 News’ Digital Executive Producer David Selig and Digital Reporter/Producer Andrea Torres and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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