Isaias strengthens to a hurricane, could impact Long Island early next week

LONG ISLAND, NY ( / — Isaias has strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane and could impact Long Island on Tuesday. 

Hurricane Isaias is forecast to pass over the Bahamas today and Saturday, causing strong winds, flash flooding, and dangerous storm surge, according to a 4 a.m. Friday update from the National Weather Service.

The current forecast for Isaias has it tracking east of the Florida peninsula over the weekend. However, rain and flash flooding could affect eastern portions of Florida beginning Saturday. Additionally, storm surge could be a threat along the Florida east coast if the forecast track shifts closer to the coast. The details of the track also remain uncertain for the Southeast coast farther north.

Shortly after 7 p.m. yesterday, the National Weather Service of New York office based in nearby Upton issued a statement about Isaias shortly before the tropical storm strengthened into a hurricane.  

“Isaias is…likely to curve N to NE up near the Carolina Coast on Monday, and then potentially accelerate near the area on Tuesday as a strong Tropical Storm. With the storm still in its developmental stages, and still several days out from nearing our region, there is quite a bit of uncertainty on track and intensity details and consequently local hazard and impact details.”

A forecast map released at 5 p.m. Thursday showed the potential for tropical storm force winds on Tuesday for Long Island.

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