LAKE MARY, Fla. – Isaias remains a tropical storm after it was downgraded Saturday afternoon, as it continues to move closer to Florida’s east coast, bringing along a risk for severe weather.
In its 8 p.m. advisory on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the storm is moving northwest at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.
FOX 35 Meteorologist Kristin Giannas said although Isaias weakened to a tropical storm, it could regain its strength to become a hurricane again overnight at it approaches Florida’s coast.
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Gov. DeSantis sent a letter to President Trump requesting that he declare a pre-landfall emergency for the State of Florida.
The governor says the state is “fully prepared for this and any future storm during this hurricane season,” with stockpiles of personal protective equipment, generators, bottled water and meals ready to be distributed.
But, he urged that people have seven days of food, water, and medication on hand and said state-run coronavirus testing sites in the areas where the storm could hit would be closed.
The eye of Isaias was observed from above on the morning of July 31 by a crew aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aircraft.
A video of the eye of Hurricane Isaias was taken by NOAA Hurricane Hunters via Storyful on Friday.
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News – FOX 35 Weather Alert Day: Isaias remains a tropical storm, slows down as it nears Florida’s east coast