Category 1 Hurricane Isaias Hits The Bahamas – Jul. 31 / Aug. 1, 2020

Isaias weakened into a tropical storm after lashing the Bahamas, but the storm was expected to strengthen back into a hurricane Saturday night as it approaches South Florida, the National Hurricane Center said in a tweet.

The forecast track as of Saturday afternoon has Isaias’ center moving within miles of Florida’s east coast on Sunday, and moving along it as a Category 1 hurricane.

But a landfall in the state can’t yet be ruled out, said CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar.

Maximum sustained winds are now around 70 mph as the storm moves through the Florida Straits, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said. The National Weather Service said the storm was about 100 miles southeast of Fort Lauderdale and moving about 9 mph.

Dry air and wind shear helped to temporarily weaken the storm, he said, but severe impacts are likely along much of the Sunshine State’s east coast.

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