Expected to regain hurricane strength after losing some intensity over the Bahamas, Isaias failed to do so and is now approaching Florida as a strong tropical storm with winds currently at 65 mph. Confidence in the track and intensity of the storm is now fairly high, with the storm expected to travel up the Florida, and Georgia coast, possibly making landfall in the area of the South Carolina/North Carolina border.
One of the main threats from this storm remains the possibility of tornadoes forming ahead of the storm, and away from its center. This may occur Monday night while people are sleeping, so please activate any devices you may have to receive broadcasts of any warnings.
The extremely high risk of rip currents remains all week, and flooding rain, strong tropical storm winds and storm surge are all concerns. The storm is still expected to be fast moving, and impacts to North Topsail Beach will be felt Monday night into Tuesday morning. Inland, minor river flooding of the Neuse, Tar, and NE Cape Fear rivers can be expected later in the week.
AT THIS TIME forecasts are calling for Maximum Sustained Winds in our area of 47 mph, Rainfall of 2”, and a surge of 1 – 2’. While the forecast shows the storm weakening, it should be noted that even a slight change in the storm track could change impacts dramatically. Please continue to prepare and monitor local news and weather outlets.