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Here’s Where Hurricane Isaias Could Hit Hardest

Follow these forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service.

Posted on July 31, 2020, at 11:16 a.m. ET

On Monday evening, the Carolinas were bracing for the expected landfall of Hurricane Isaias, newly strengthened from tropical storm status.

As of 8 p.m. Eastern Time, its maximum sustained winds were about 75 mph. The National Hurricane Center warned that parts of the coasts of South and North Carolina could experience a storm surge of up to 5 feet.

Forecast track and wind probabilities

Times shown are US Eastern Time. Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News / Via NOAA/NWS

This updating map shows the most likely predicted track and forecast winds from the storm. Use the control to toggle between the likelihood of tropical-storm-force winds (greater than 39 mph) and hurricane-force winds (greater than 74 mph).

Before the storm arrived off the coast of Florida, the state’s Division of Emergency Management closed state-supported COVID-19 testing sites from 5 p.m. on Thursday. Miami-Dade County closed beaches and parks from 8 p.m. Friday.

On Thursday, Isaias lashed Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic with winds and heavy rain, causing local flash flooding and power outages. Bahamas Power and Light also reported outages on Saturday.

Forecast track and rain in the next 7 days

Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News / Via NOAA/NWS

This updating map shows the best predicted track for Isaias superimposed over forecast rain for the next seven days. On Sunday morning, the National Hurricane Center warned that parts of the Carolinas are likely to receive 3 to 6 inches of rain, with isolated maximums of up to 8 inches.

“Heavy rainfall will result in flash and urban flooding, some of which may be significant in the eastern Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic,” the hurricane center said. Flooding is a bigger risk in urban areas because paved surfaces make it hard for water to be absorbed.

As always, watch for updates from local officials and follow any evacuation or shelter-in-place orders. See the National Hurricane Center’s advisories for more information on the storm.