Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to be near hurricane strength by the time it reaches the Carolinas. The storm is expected to impact North Carolina late Monday night into early Tuesday.
As of 11 p.m., Isaias remained 50 miles east of Cape Canaveral in Florida. The National Hurricane Center says the Florida east coast will see tropical storms conditions and dangerous storm surge through early Monday
Wind speeds have remained practically the same since the 5 p.m. update, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph with gusts increasing to 85 mph and is moving north-northwest at 9 mph. Isaias was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm 5 p.m. Saturday.
Since its conception, Isaias has teetered the line between tropical storm and a Category One Hurricane. For Isaias to reach Category One Hurricane status, it must have maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher. Either way, Isaias will still bring flooding and damaging wind gusts to the Carolinas.
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