NHC Upgrades Tropical Storm to Hurricane Isaias for Sebastian, Florida

Hurricane Isaias
Hurricane Isaias

The National Hurricane Center has upgraded a tropical storm to Hurricane Isaias; it will pass Sebastian this weekend.

“Strengthening is expected during the next 24-36 hours, and Isaias is now forecast to become a hurricane. After that time, there are mixed signals regarding the amount of southwesterly vertical wind shear, and the models generally do not show much additional Strengthening. Therefore, the NHC intensity forecast shows a leveling off in intensity after 48 hours,” the NHC said in a statement.

It still needs to be stressed that there is a higher than usual amount of uncertainty in the intensity forecast.

In Sebastian, this change may not make much of a difference other than higher wind gusts of over 74 mph as Hurricane Isaias passes. We want to remind everyone that most of the hurricane-force winds are expected to be offshore as the storm passes Florida.

Hurricane Isaias is expected to pass near Sebastian on Sunday morning.

It’s essential to prepare for this hurricane by Friday. Please remove all outdoor objects, such as tables, chairs, and plants.

Sebastian Daily will continue to report on the storm as information is released from the National Hurricane Center.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.