National Hurricane Center’s Aug. 1 — 8 p.m. update
- Location: 25.3N, 78.9W
- About 100 miles SE of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- About 85 miles S of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
- Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph
- Present movement: NW at 9 mph
- Minimum central pressure: 993 mb or 29.32 inches
TIMING FOR MARYLAND: Tropical storm conditions possible Tuesday in Southern Maryland and the Lower Eastern Shore, with 3 to 6 inches of rain, wind gusts of 40+ mph south of the Bay Bridge.
Isaias weakens to a tropical storm, but it’s expected to re-strengthen to a hurricane overnight while it approaches the southeast coast of Florida.
As of 8 p.m. Saturday, the center of Isaias will approach the southeast coast of Florida tonight and move near or along the east coast of Florida Sunday and Sunday night. On Monday and Tuesday, the center of Isaias will move from offshore of the coast of Georgia into the southern Mid-Atlantic states.
Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph with higher gusts. Some restrengthening is forecast, and Isaias is expected to regain hurricane strength later tonight and early Sunday. Slow weakening is expected to begin Sunday night and continue through Monday.
Isaias will tease the eastern coast of South Florida over the weekend, and it’s unknown whether the storm will make landfall in Florida. On the current track, the worst of the conditions will remain east of the coast, but if it moves farther inland, there will be more of a direct hit.
WBAL-TV 11 Weather Chief Meteorologist Tom Tasselmyer said the hurricane is poised to ride the wind flow of a low pressure system that’s in the Mississippi River Valley. That would steer Hurricane Isaias into the Mid-Atlantic Monday night into Tuesday.
WBAL-TV 11 Weather Meteorologist Taylor Grenda said Isaias will track up the East Coast, possibly making landfall in the coast of the Carolinas as a tropical storm before brushing the Atlantic coast of Maryland.
If Isaias tracks further inland, as the European forecast model suggests, there would be more wind and rain in Maryland Tuesday. Drenching rains — upwards of 4 inches of rain — are possible in Baltimore by Tuesday night.