Isaias upgraded to Hurricane status Thursday night

ByWTOC Staff|July 30, 2020 at 5:51 AM EDT - Updated July 31 at 7:07 AM

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Isaias was upgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane late Thursday night and has sustained winds of 80 MPH.

Further strengthening is forecast; likely becoming a Category 2 later Friday or Saturday as it moves through the Bahamas.

  • The most likely scenario has Isaias passing by offshore
  • The storm will make its closest pass to our area Sunday evening into Monday morning
  • Rough seas, windy beach conditions, and dangerous rip currents are likely this weekend and Monday
  • Tropical Storm Isaias’ exact path is still a bit uncertain; a difference of even 50-60 miles can make a difference

Forecast confidence continues to improve and a more exact forecast track will evolve over Friday.

At this time, all you need to do is review your plan and check your supply kit, as we suggest you do with any system in the southwestern Atlantic. It’s possible that you may need to cancel outdoor plans Sunday and Monday across coastal areas as breezy rain showers attempt to build in.

There is a high risk of rip currents and rough surf this weekend. Beaches may post double-red flags; keeping people from entering the water. Offshore boating is also discouraged.

Further forecast updates are certain as we get a better handle on Isaias’ exact structure and track.

The WTOC Weather Team will keep you updated on TV, atwtoc.com, and in theWTOC Weather App.

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