Tropical Storm Isaias now has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. A Hurricane Warning along the east coast of Florida has been replaced with a Tropical Storm Warning that’s been extended northward along the coast to South Santee River, South Carolina.
A Storm Surge Watch is also in effect from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, north to Cape Fear, North Carolina, while a storm surge of up to four feet is expected along portions of Florida’s east coast Sunday.
Forecasts show the storm making landfall between Charleston, South Carolina, and Myrtle Beach Monday overnight before continuing on to the Northeast, CNN meteorologist Rob Shackelford said. The storm is likely to strengthen throughout the day Sunday, he said.
The storm will also dump up to six inches of water over parts of the state. As it treks along the coast, Northeast Florida and coastal Georgia will see up to three inches of rain.
“Heavy rainfall from Isaias could result in potentially life-threatening flash flooding in the Bahamas and flash and urban flooding along the East Coast of the United States,” according to the National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
Florida’s governor warned residents Saturday they will also likely see the power go out.
“(Florida Power and Light) has nearly 10,000 workers deployed and ready to respond, including more than 6,500 line and vegetation personnel,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said.
States of emergency
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper authorized up to 150 members of the state’s National Guard to be used if needed in hurricane response, a news release from the governor’s office said. The storm’s center could affect the state early Tuesday.
“As we learned with Hurricane Florence, even a category one storm can bring severe impacts, and we should not take this lightly.”
In South Carolina, where the governor hasn’t ordered an emergency declaration, some local governments are gearing up for what the storm could bring.
In Virginia, the governor issued a state of emergency and said high winds and flooding will likely impact parts of the state.
CNN’s Melissa Alonso and Haley Brink contributed to this report.