Hurricane Isaias – Update #4 – 7/31/2020
University of Florida officials are continuing to monitor Hurricane Isaias. Here’s what we know today:
Hurricane Isaias will produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides in the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti, the Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas. Heavy rains associated with the hurricane may begin to affect South and East-Central Florida late Friday night.
Hurricane conditions and dangerous storm surge are expected in portions of the Bahamas today and Saturday, and hurricane warnings are in effect. Tropical storm conditions are expected with hurricane conditions possible along portions of the Florida East Coast beginning Saturday, and tropical storm warnings and hurricane watches are in effect. Storm surge watches or warnings could be needed for part of the Florida East Coast this afternoon.
A hurricane watch has been issued for Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and coastal Palm Beach counties. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, coastal Palm Beach, coastal Broward, and coastal Miami-Dade. Furthermore, tropical storm watch has been issued for inland Palm Beach, inland Broward, metro Miami-Dade, as well as Lake Okeechobee. Watches and warnings may expand northward today and tomorrow. Most likely arrival times of winds are Saturday for South Florida, overnight Saturday for Central Florida, and Sunday for North Florida.
UF units with operations in coastal portions of South and Central Florida should closely monitor forecasts and those in watch/warning areas should follow guidance from local officials. We encourage everyone in those areas to take necessary precautions in advance of the storm, and ensure their emergency supply kit is ready.
Moreover, no tropical warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operational changes are anticipated for the UF campus in Gainesville. We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on latest forecasts or schedule changes as information is available. For the latest information, please visit National Hurricane Center.