Tropical Weather System Churning Toward Puerto Rico, Florida

James Marshall
July 30, 2020

The storm is forecasted to bring rain and wind impacts to Florida later in the week and the weekend.

In anticipation of the oncoming storm, Collier County - on the Gulf Coast just north of the Everglades - has announced via Twitter that it is temporarily closing three COVID-19 testing sites.

Little change in strength is anticipated until landfall in the Dominican Republic sometime Thursday, with re-strengthening forecast on Friday and Saturday.

How that affects its future track remains to be seen, but the official path from the hurricane center has been shifting east with each forecast package since Wednesday evening.

As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, the center of the storm was located about 155 miles south of Ponce, Puerto Rico and about 265 miles southeast of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and moving west-northwest at a pace of 20 mph.

Top sustained winds in tropical storms can range from 39 miles per hour to 73 miles per hour.

Tropical Cyclone Nine is forecast to develop into Tropical Storm Isaias at some time on Wednesday. "Later in the forecast period, the trough should cause Isaias to turn toward the northeast", the National Hurricane Center said.

If the storm can maintain its organization and some intensity past Hispaniola, there will be some opportunity for strengthening on Friday and Saturday as the storm moves through the warm waters near the Bahamas and east of Florida.

Northwestern Bahamas including Andros Island, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abacos Islands, Berry Islands, Grand Bahamas Island, and Bimini. The rainfall amounts could lead to life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides, as well as potential riverine flooding.

There is one other area being watched in the Atlantic as of Thursday morning.

The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30.

The National Hurricane Center has named the tropical disturbance in the Caribbean Sea Tropical Storm Isaias.

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