The National Hurricane Center has released the 8 pm update for Hurricane Isaias. The track has shifted slightly westward and Chatham County remains in the error cone.
Please note that these track shifts are expected and will likely continue over the next few advisories.
Hurricane Isaias is currently a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. It is still expected to remain just off the eastern coast of Florida this weekend before turning north-northeastward and paralleling the Georgia coast on Monday.
The probability of coastal Georgia experiencing anything more than minor impacts continues to be low, although any significant westward shift in the track forecast would increase those chances. Trends in the forecast track should continue to be monitored, but confidence in the forecast is increasing.
Some strengthening is possible today and tonight, and Isaias is expected to remain a hurricane for the next few days. Tropical Storm Warnings and a Hurricane Watch have been issued for portions of Southeast Florida. A Tropical Storm Watch will likely be issued for coastal Georgia this weekend, and potentially a Hurricane Watch. However, with tropical storm wind probabilities currently at 10-20% for the Georgia coast, a Tropical Storm Warning appears unlikely for Georgia at the moment. Those probabilities will likely increase as the storm approaches, but tropical storm conditions are not currently forecast along the Georgia coast.
Impacts along the immediate Georgia coast on Sunday and Monday include:
• Dangerous and life-threatening rip currents and marine conditions
• Sustained winds up to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph
• Up to 2 inches of rainfall