Could Hurricane Isaias impact Delaware in the coming days?
There's still a lot of uncertainty about how Hurricane Isaias will impact the United States in the days ahead, but it's likely the storm is going to affect a large swath of the East Coast – including Delmarva – with rain, rip currents and possibly strong wind.
As of Friday afternoon, the low-level hurricane was moving northwest at 16 mph, with maximum sustained winds reaching 75 mph. It is forecast to strengthen Friday into Saturday, and likely remain at hurricane strength as it moves north off the coast of the Carolinas Monday.
Delaware could see impacts from the storm Monday into Tuesday, with most of the state likely to see 2-4 inches of rain, said National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Gorse.
"How strong the winds will be will be a lot less certain," Gorse said.
Usually systems like this will bring stronger wind and surf to the coast, including the risk of dangerous rip currents at the beach. The weather service is already warning of a risk for rip currents on Saturday.
The rain seen on Friday in some parts of the state is unrelated to Hurricane Isaias and due to a weak front sliding across the area, Gorse said.
Uncertainty with the storm's impact in coming days is largely due to a question of how close to the coast it actually comes.
As of Friday, models showed it remaining off the coast of Florida.
The farther north it moves, the faster it will move, Gorse said.
"Any kind of worse conditions shouldn’t last that terribly long," he said. "I'd just remind everyone to keep up to date on the latest forecast and see how things are evolving as we get through the weekend."
There is uncertainty of when exactly it will turn more to the north, but a faster, more northward movement will likely lead to the storm weakening in the face of other weather patterns and cooler ocean temperatures, according to the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. storm update.
The National Hurricane Center is also monitoring two other weather disturbances in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, both of which have a 20% chance of developing into storms in the coming days.
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