RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Hurricane Isaias is now forecast to be a tropical storm when it reaches the North Carolina coast on Monday afternoon with winds around 70 mph.
As of 8 p.m., Isaias’ maximum sustained winds increased to 80 mph, while maintaining its 15 mph movement speed, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm was projected about 310 miles southeast of The Bahamas as of the 8 p.m. storm advisory.
Its track shifted slightly west earlier as of the 5 p.m. advisory while its winds stood at 75 mph.
The government of the Bahamas has discontinued the Hurricane Warning for the Southeastern Bahamas, and discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. advisory said Isaias, still a Category 1 hurricane, is forecast to strengthen later Friday into early Saturday.
The storm is forecast to remain a hurricane before losing power at the end of the weekend.
CBS 17’s Wes Hohenstein said Isaias will more than likely be moving at 22 mph when it reaches North Carolina. In comparison, Hurricane Florence was traveling at 6 mph when it made landfall at Wrightsville Beach in September 2018.
Central North Carolina can expect 1 to 3 inches of rain with 30 to 50 mph winds Monday evening into Tuesday morning.
Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency ahead of Isaias’ arrival.
NHC said the storm is 195 miles south-southeast of Nassau and is moving northwest.
A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels in areas of the Bahamas.
Isaias is forecast to slow down even more over the next 24 hours.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the east coast of Florida from Boca Raton to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.
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