Tropical Storm Isaias Is Now Hurricane Isaias
Tropical Storm Isaias upgraded to a hurricane after midnight.
Hurricane Isaias has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and is moving northwest from about 80 miles east-southeast of Great Inagua Island, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The Center says the intensity forecast shows a stronger storm than before, but the track forecast remains unchanged.
Meteorologists forecast that Hurricane Isaias will cross the archipelago on Saturday with heavy rainfall which will result in flooding and surges in parts of the low-lying areas of the Bahamas.
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis warned at the press conference on Thursday evening, ““We know from past and recent experience that storms could change course very quickly,’ Minnis said. “They can intensify rapidly as we saw with hurricane Dorian.. So I ask all Bahamians and residents to take this storm seriously and to make preparations.”
Last September, the Bahamas was hit with Hurricane Dorian, a category 5 storm that devastated Abaco and parts of Grand Bahama, killing many and damaging properties.
The country has not fully recovered as some Haitian migrants remain in shelters and rebuilding as yet to take place. Some residents of Abaco have transitioned to domes which remain susceptible to Hurricane Isaias.
Picture credit: National Hurricane Center