MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical Storm Isaias is moving slowly north-northwestward just offshore the east-central Florida coast.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, the center of the storm was 45 east-southeast of Vero Beach.
Isaias is moving toward the north-northwest near 9 mph and this general motion is expected to continue through Monday morning.
A turn toward the north and north-northeast is anticipated on Monday and Tuesday with an increase in forward speed.
On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near the east coast of Florida today through late Sunday night.
On Monday and Tuesday, the center of Isaias will move from offshore the coast of Georgia into the mid-Atlantic states.
Data from the aircraft and the Melbourne, Florida, Doppler radar data indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts. Some fluctuations in strength will be possible during the next 48 hours.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.
During the past couple of hours, the NOAA C-MAN station at Settlement Point, Grand Bahama Island, measured a wind gust of 48 mph, and a weather station at Sebastian Inlet, Florida measured a wind gust of 46 mph.
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:
- Edisto Beach South Carolina to Cape Fear North Carolina
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
- Jupiter Inlet Florida to Surf City North Carolina
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
- North of Surf City to Duck North Carolina
- Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
Interests elsewhere along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States should monitor the progress of Isaias.
Additional watches or warnings may be required later Sunday.