At 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Isaias was located about 115 miles (185 kilometers) southeast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, moving to the northwest at 10 mph (17 kph) Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph (110 kph) with some higher gusts.
Isaias could bring 2 to 4 feet of storm surge to places along the Florida coast from Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach, and also along the Carolina coasts from Edisto Beach, S.C., to Cape Fear, N.C., the hurricane center said.
The state of play: After pummeling the Bahamas and parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as a Category 1 storm Friday, Isaias was downgraded from a hurricane Saturday evening. Winds could turn rather gusty Tuesday afternoon and night along the Chesapeake Bay, with a brief period of tropical storm-force winds possible on the Eastern Shore.
NASA may have to delay the return flight of two astronauts from the International Space Station planned for Sunday given the conditions. "Hurricane conditions are expected along portions of Florida east coast on Sunday".
That lopsidedness is good for us in Southwest Florida.
Gov DeSantis issued a state of emergency for counties along Florida's Atlantic coast. Meanwhile, officials in the Bahamas cleared people out of the Abaco Islands who have been living in temporary structures since Dorian devastated the area, killing at least 70 people.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the state was "fully prepared for this and any future storm during this hurricane season, " with stockpiles of personal protective equipment, generators, bottled water and meals ready to be distributed.
Isaias' winds have dropped to 65 miles per hour as of Sunday morning and it now isn't expected to regain hurricane status as it tracks up the East Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. And in the Dominican Republic, people were cleaning up after the Magua river burst its banks.
Florida's well-honed hurricane responses have been partly upended by its grappling with one of the country's worst outbreaks of the novel coronavirus.
Heavy rainfall of three to four inches is expected across Florida's east coast.
Florida's coronavirus testing centers were closed Thursday and will not reopen until they get the all-clear after the storm. Mayor Carlos Giménez said the county had 20 evacuation centers on standby that could be set up with COVID-19 safety measures.
In Palm Beach County, about 150 people were in shelters, said emergency management spokeswoman Lisa De La Rionda. "We keep an eye on every storm", he said.