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Tropical Storm Isaias becomes ninth named storm of year

Storm will approach Florida on Saturday

Tropical Storm Isaias has formed in the Caribbean and is the ninth named storm of the year.

The ninth storm of the season usually doesn’t develop until October.

The storm is continuing its path toward Florida.

This is the earliest “I” storm on record and is also the fifth named storm in July.

As of Wednesday night, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was 155 miles south of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and was moving west-northwest at 20 mph. The storm was packing 50 mph winds with higher gusts. Since an earlier update, the system’s track has shifted east.

News 6 Chief Meteorologist Tom Sorrells said this will approach Florida on Saturday night and from there the storm will nip at the coast of Central Florida and will head toward the Outer Banks of South Carolina on Sunday into Monday.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for:

  • Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • British Virgin Islands
  • St. Martin and St. Barthelemy
  • Saba and St. Eustatitus
  • St. Maarten
  • Dominican Republic
  • North coast of Haiti from Le Mole St Nicholas eastward to the northern border with the Dominican Republic
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Southeastern Bahamas
  • Central Bahamas

Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • Northwestern Bahamas

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