Tracking Hurricane Isaias: What to expect in Brevard County and Florida’s Space Coast

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UPDATED WITH 8 a.m. Saturday advisory.

Hurricane Isaias is nearing the south Florida coastline and Brevard County is under a hurricane warning and a storm surge watch.

A watch means conditions could be seen while a warning means these conditions are expected.

The storm’s northward movement slowed a bit overnight and the eye might not be off Miami’s coastline until late Saturday morning into the afternoon.

For Brevard County, that means we might not see the eye pass by our coast until late Sunday.

Isaias is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph, and a general northwest motion, with some decrease in forward speed.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.

The storm is still projected to be a Category 1 storm.

According to the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Brevard County will start seeing conditions deteriorate Saturday night. They expect the first bands with tropical storm force winds around midnight.

The storm also strengthened overnight, with sustained winds of 85 mph. A Category 1 storm is classified as having winds between 74-95 mph.

The eye moved slightly east but not enough to change any of the current warnings.

The track still has it plodding along the coastline.

Brevard County has not been hit by hurricane-force sustained winds in 40 years, according to information obtained by FLORIDA TODAY in 2019 from the Brevard County Emergency Management office.

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Hurricane David in 1979 was the last storm to bring hurricane-force sustained winds.

Since David, four decades of subsequent cyclones generated only tropical storm-force sustained winds within county borders. Tropical storm winds range from 39 to 73 mph. 

That’s not to say Brevard County has not had hurricane-force gusts, but nothing sustained since the Jimmy Carter administration.

We will be updating this throughout the day as new data is released.

While a minor update will be issued at 8 a.m, the next major update will be at 11 a.m.

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