Tropical Storm Isaias Slowly Approaching Florida Coast

While forecasters caution Tropical Storm Isaias is still a dangerous storm, it didn't re-strengthen into a hurricane overnight. Isaias is expected to reach South Florida this morning, before tracking up Florida's East Coast and moving as far north as New England early next week.

The National Hurricane Center's 5 a.m. Sunday morning advisory has Isaias (ees-ah-EE-ahs) with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour and about 45 miles east, northeast of Fort Lauderdale and 45 miles southeast of West Palm Beach. It's moving northwest at 8 miles per hour.

Florida's East Coast may experience heavy rains, gusty winds, flooding, storm surge, and power outages.

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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,

North Carolina.

The Tropical Storm Warning along the coast of Florida has been

discontinued south of Hallandale Beach.

During a Saturday evening briefing, Gov. Ron DeSantis cautioned Floridians to remain on guard and prepared.

Due to social-distancing measures recommended in response to the coronavirus pandemic, DeSantis said officials may refrain from ordering evacuations unless absolutely necessary.

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