DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — As many already know, Isaias became the 2nd hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season yesterday, but now it has been downgraded to a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph. Wind shear, dry air, and interaction with the island of Andros in the Bahamas have negatively impacted the storm’s structure today which resulted in its weakened status.
It’s expected to continue moving along Florida’s East Coast this weekend and during the first half of Monday. There is a possibility for landfall in Florida as a Category 1 hurricane. The most likely location for landfall is close to the border of South Carolina and North Carolina early Tuesday morning. The NHC expects it to still be a moderately strong tropical storm with 60 mph winds.
What can people expect from this storm? The most likely impacts include life threatening rip currents up and down the U.S. Eastern Seaboard over the next few days, storm surge upwards of 4 feet in Florida this weekend, and possible flooding rains in the Carolinas and Virginia. You can find the latest watches and warnings below. Expect more to be issued farther north over the next few days as Tropical Storm Isaias could produce winds of 50+ mph through Tuesday.
Beach-goers: Folks in the Gulf of Mexico will escape the serious impacts of Isaias this weekend and next week as it stays far east of the area. Anyone heading to PCB will find temperatures in the upper 80s and sunny or mostly sunny skies today through Wednesday. A slight increase in rain later in the week shouldn’t be a cause for much concern because most will stay dry all day.
Wiregrass Weather: Our weather is trending even more dry than previously forecast for the upcoming week. Drought conditions are expected to worsen across the area. Our temperatures will hang in the mid-to-upper 90s every day this week and even next weekend. Try to find a way to stay cool this week and don’t forget to hydrate! We’ll have more updates on our weather and the Tropics tomorrow.