TS Isaias ‘Not A Threat To Bermuda At This Time’

July 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Tropical Storm Isaias is “not a threat to Bermuda at this time,: the Bermuda Weather Service said, with its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hours forecast to be 809 nm to the WSW at 12.00pm on Sunday [Aug 2], with the BWS noting that “this system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period depending upon its track.”

Graphic courtesy of the BWS:

BWS Tropical Storm Isaias July 30 2020

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “At 1100 AM AST [1500 UTC], the center of Tropical Storm Isaias was located near latitude 18.1 North, longitude 68.9 West. Isaias is moving toward the northwest near 20 mph [31 km/h], and a west-northwestward to northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.

“On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move over Hispaniola today and move near the Southeastern Bahamas by tonight or early Friday. Isaias is forecast to be near the Central Bahamas Friday night and approach the Northwest Bahamas or southern Florida Friday night and Saturday.

“Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph [95 km/h] with higher gusts. Some slight weakening is possible as Isaias moves over Hispaniola today. Re-strengthening is forecast on Friday and Friday night.

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

NHC Tropical Storm Isaias July 30 2020

“Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 310 miles [500 km] primarily to the north of the center. Tropical-storm-force winds are occuring along the southern coast of Puerto Rico. A Weatherflow station at Las Mareas, Puerto Rico, reported sustained winds of 45 mph [72 km/h] with a gust to 54 mph [87 km/h]. A wind gust of 60 mph [96 km/h] was recently reported at Punta Cana on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic.

“The estimated minimum central pressure is 1003 mb [29.62 inches].”

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