Tropical Storm Isaias Advisory Number 21
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092020
500 AM EDT Sun Aug 02 2020
…ISAIAS CONTINUES TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL AND GUSTY WINDS TO THE
…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS NEARING THE EAST COAST OF FLORIDA…
SUMMARY OF 500 AM EDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 45 MI…75 KM ENE OF FORT LAUDERDALE FLORIDA
ABOUT 45 MI…75 KM SE OF WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…65 MPH…100 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 325 DEGREES AT 9 MPH…15 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…996 MB…29.42 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
The Hurricane Warning along the east coast of Florida has been
replaced with a Tropical Storm Warning.
The Tropical Storm Warning has been extended northward along the
southeast United States coast to South Santee River South Carolina.
A Storm Surge Watch has been issued from Edisto Beach South
Carolina northward to Cape Fear North Carolina.
The Tropical Storm Watch has been extended northward to Surf City,
The Tropical Storm Warning along the coast of Florida has been
discontinued south of Hallandale Beach.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Bimini, the Berry Islands, and Grand Bahama Island
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…
* Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach Florida
* Edisto Beach South Carolina to Cape Fear North Carolina
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Hallandale Beach Florida to South Santee River South Carolina
* Lake Okeechobee
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* North of South Santee River South Carolina to Surf City North
Interests elsewhere along the southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts of
the United States should monitor the progress of Isaias. Additional
watches or warnings may be required later today.
A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-
threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the
coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.
For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather
Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area, generally within 36
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
For storm information specific to your area in the United
States, including possible inland watches and warnings, please
monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service
forecast office. For storm information specific to your area
outside of the United States, please monitor products issued by
your national meteorological service.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 500 AM EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Isaias was
located near latitude 26.3 North, longitude 79.5 West. Isaias is
moving toward the northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h). A general
northwestward motion is expected today, followed by a
north-northwestward motion by tonight. A turn toward the north
and north-northeast is anticipated on Monday and Tuesday with an
increase in forward speed. On the forecast track, the center of
Isaias will move near or over the east coast of Florida today
through late tonight. On Monday and Tuesday, the center of Isaias
will move from offshore of the coast of Georgia into the southern
Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft
indicated that the maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100
km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected
during the next couple of days.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km)
from the center.
The latest minimum central pressure reported by reconnaissance
aircraft is 996 mb (29.42 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
Key messages for Isaias can be found in the Tropical Cyclone
Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT4, WMO header WTNT44 KNHC, and
on the web at http://www.hurricanes.gov/text/MIATCDAT4.shtml.
STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the
tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by
rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could
reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated
areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…
North Miami Beach FL to Jupiter Inlet FL…1-3 ft
Jupiter Inlet FL to Ponte Vedra Beach FL…2-4 ft
Ponte Vedra Beach FL to Edisto Beach SC…1-3 ft
Edisto Beach SC to Cape Fear NC…2-4 ft
The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of
onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves.
Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge
and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances.
For information specific to your area, please see products issued
by your local National Weather Service forecast office.
WIND: Tropical storm conditions will continue over portions of the
Northwestern Bahamas through this morning.
Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread northward along
the coast of Florida within the warning area through tonight.
These conditions will spread northward along the coasts of Georgia
and South Carolina within the warning area on Monday.
Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area in South
and North Carolina beginning Monday night and Tuesday.
RAINFALL: Isaias is expected to produce the following rain
Northwest Bahamas: 4 to 8 inches, with isolated maximum totals of 12
Eastern Florida: 2 to 4 inches, with isolated maximum totals of 6
Northeast Florida and coastal Georgia: 1 to 3 inches.
Carolinas and the mid Atlantic, including the southern and central
Appalachians: 2 to 5 inches, with isolated maximum totals of 7
Southeast New York and much of New England: 2 to 4 inches, with
isolated maximum totals of 6 inches.
Heavy rainfall from Isaias could result in potentially
life-threatening flash flooding in the Bahamas and flash and urban
flooding along the East Coast of the United States. Minor to
isolated moderate river flooding is possible across portions of the
Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic.
SURF: Swells generated by Isaias are affecting portions of
the Central and Northwest Bahamas and will spread northward along
the east coast of Florida and the southeastern United States coast
during the next day or two. These swells are likely to cause
life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult
products from your local weather office.
Next intermediate advisory at 800 AM EDT.
Next complete advisory at 1100 AM EDT.