A tropical storm watch is in effect for. Isaias is still a risky storm because of the wind speeds.
As Isaias moves into the Carolinas, it will begin its process of "extratropical transition" - meaning it will begin to lose some of its purely tropical characteristics and increasingly take on the characteristics of a mid-latitude storm. And an outer band already blew through South Florida early Saturday.
Forecasts show the winds could reach the 40 miles per hour range, and there's up to a 20% chance tropical storm force winds will lash the eastern portion of Midlands.
One to 3 feet of surge will also be possible from North Miami Beach to Jupiter Inlet in Florida and from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., to Edisto Beach, S.C.
Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicated that the maximum sustained winds are near 65 miles per hour with higher gusts, and little change in strength is expected during the next couple of days. And officials in the Bahamas evacuated people on Abaco island, who have been living in temporary structures since Dorian. Another front approaches from the west and it will start to interact with tropical moisture associated with Isaias.
The storm has caused at least two deaths in the Dominican Republic and torn down trees, flooded streets and knocked out power for thousands of homes and businesses in Puerto Rico, according to media reports.
A Flash Flood Watch will go into effect Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening.
"We don't anticipate many more evacuations", she said, adding that the evacuees are physically distant from each other and are wearing masks, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The center of the storm is expected to hit the Florida coast late Saturday or early Sunday morning and continue traveling north along the coast.
And in the Dominican Republic, locals were cleaning up after the Magua river burst its banks. Forecasts are predicting the storm will scrape the state as it works its way up the Florida coast, bringing tropical storm gusts, rain and possible flooding and storm surge.
Isaias unleashed destruction in Puerto Rico, downing trees and electric lines and inundating houses as it cut a path through the island on Thursday.
Hurricane Isaias dumped torrential rain on the Bahamas Saturday as it rumbled toward Florida - the first big test for the storm-prone USA state reeling from the coronavirus crisis.