Tropical Storm Isaias’ winds are at 65 mph. The storm is now 50 miles from southern Brevard County and getting closer.
Parts of Central Florida’s coastline has already experienced 40 mph wind gusts.
The surf is rough at beaches, and it will reach the sand dunes at high tide, which is at 8 p.m.
Beach erosion will be possible in some areas, and some coastal flooding could happen at high tide.
Isaias will likely remain a tropical storm while skirting Central Florida from 8 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday.
The strongest winds during the period will be along the coast, which remains under a tropical storm warning.
For inland areas, including metro Orlando, waves of gusty passing showers will continue into Sunday evening.
Tropical Storm Isaias continues to hold maximum sustained winds at 65 mph.
The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center places the storm about 45 miles east of Vero Beach.
The storm is slowly moving to the north-northwest at 9 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 115 miles from the storm’s center.
Isaias is expected to continue to move slowly until late Monday, when its speed will increase as it shifts to the north-northeast.
The storm’s strongest effects will be felt in Brevard and Volusia counties.
Storm surge inundation could top at one foot, even across some inland rivers.
Tropical storm force winds are likely for southern Brevard County’s coastline, while the northern portion of the county and Volusia County should experience a bit more storm surge inundations.
Central Florida will experience intermittent rain bands throughout Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.
Reporter Jeff Levkulich spotted winds starting to pick up as a heavy rain band moved into New Smyrna Beach on Sunday afternoon.
Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to bring strong winds and storm surge in excess of 3 feet to Central Florida’s coastline Sunday.
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Isaias continues to be a disorganized system. Even though it tried to strengthen overnight, the wind shear and dry air has really taken a toll on this system, preventing it from intensifying back to hurricane status.
The 11 a.m. track from the National Hurricane Center places Isaías a bit farther east, away from Central Florida’s coastline. Had it stayed closer to the coast, there would have been more storm surge and erosion.
The coast is still expected to be battered by strong winds and up to 3 feet of storm surge.
Heavy rain bands will continue to sweep across Central Florida just like they had earlier Sunday.
Expect a breezy Sunday and Monday inland as Isaias parallels the coast.
Stronger gusts and rain bands are also possible inland, bringing 1 to 3 inches of rain.
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Tropical Storm Isaias has shifted slightly east. The storm is showing no signs of organization.
Meteorologist Kassandra Crimi said the storm should be in Brevard County by 8 p.m. Sunday.
The coast should expect gusty winds with localized flooding at the coast.
Meteorologist Brian Shields said the worst weather is staying offshore.
As Tropical Storm Isaias moves along Florida’s coast, Brevard County officials have opened a storm shelter “in an abundance of caution.”
Officials said the shelter will be opened at Viera Regional Community Center at 11 a.m. Sunday for county residents in need of safe harbor from potentially dangerous winds and rain conditions that could impact the area.
The shelter is located at the park at 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way.
The shelter will be laid out to provide for Centers For Disease Control and Prevention recommended social distancing. Health screenings, temperature checks and personal protection equipment will be in place, but those seeking shelter are also asked to bring their own PPE, such as face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer, for personal use, officials said.
The shelter will provide food but residents will need to take their own supplies, including bedding, folding chairs or sleeping bags; any needed medications; changes of clothing and sturdy shoes; personal hygiene items; and entertainment items, like games, cards, books or magazines. Officials said pets are welcome.
Osceola County Emergency Management officials are urging residents to stay alert regarding Tropical Storm Isaias.
They said residents of the eastside of the county, from Holopaw and Harmony south to Kenansville and Yeehaw Junction, may experience winds of 39 to 57 mph and receive 1 to 2 inches of rain. They said wind gusts at times may be higher, and rain may lead to localized flooding in some areas.
Channel 9 meteorologist Kassandra Crimi said squalls from Tropical Storm Isaias are moving into Central Florida Sunday morning.
She said the storm remains 30 miles off the coast of South Florida.
Channel 9 meteorologist Kassandra Crimi said the 8 a.m. advisory for Tropical Storm Isaias shows the track of the storm continuing to skirt the east coast of Florida.
She said the new track keeps the storm at tropical storm strength with winds of 65 mph.
The storm is moving even slower as of the 8 a.m. update, inching northwest up the coast at 8 mph. It is set to be off the coast of Central Florida very early Monday morning.
The National Weather Service said the center of Tropical Storm Isaias is now off the coast of Palm Beach County. Officials said outer bands are moving into Volusia and Brevard counties.
Channel 9 reporter Megan Cruz said she sought shelter under an awning as a squall moved in to Cocoa Beach.
Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said life-threatening surf conditions are possible as Tropical Storm Isaias continues to move north along Florida’s east coast.
“Stay out of the water,” he said.
She reported that a brief shower rolled through just after sunrise, quickly drying up. She said the ocean is rough, and it’s a bit breezy, but otherwise a nice morning there so far.
Channel 9 Meteorologist Kassandra Crimi is warning people to stay out of the surf as the storm is forecast to cause dangerous conditions in the water, with 5 to 8 foot waves this morning, getting even higher this afternoon.
Brevard County Emergency Management officials said Tropical Storm Isaias could produce 2 to 4 foot storm surge flooding along portions of the coast.
Tropical storm warnings are in place for all of east Central Florida except for Lake County, according to the National Weather Service.
Tropical Storm Isaias is continuing to weaken, according to the 5 a.m. track, now with max winds of 65 mph.
Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said the latest track is good news for Florida as it keeps the worst of the storm’s weather off the east coast of the state.
Shields said the storm is not expected to strengthen back into a hurricane.
“Overall this is better news,” he said.
Meteorologist Kassandra Crimi said the storm’s continued weakening means the hurricane watches and warnings have been dropped from our coastal areas.
She said there will still be dangerous conditions in the water, with 5 to 8 foot waves this morning, getting even higher this afternoon.
Tropical Storm Isaias remains a tropical storm early this morning with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.
Isaias will move back over warm waters through the morning, where some intensification could occur.
Isaias is expected to either remain a high-grade Tropical Storm or intensity to a low-grade Category 1 Hurricane, sliding up our east coast throughout the day.
Near-hurricane force winds remain possible along our coast, with a maximum peak storm surge of 2-4 feet.
Coastal erosion and coastal flooding are concerns.
Timing of Isaias’ impacts are expected Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.
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