PITTSBURGH — Hurricane Isaias reached category 1 hurricane strength late Thursday night and is the ninth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
Isaias is also the fifth named storm to form in the month of July, which ties with the 2005 record.
The pronunciation of Isaias is ees-ah-EE-ahs, which is the Spanish and Portuguese version. The English version is “Isaiah.” It is a biblical name meaning “God is my salvation.”
The World Meteorological Organization has six lists of hurricane names that rotate and are reused. If a storm is too deadly or too costly, a name may be retired and not used again. Tropical storms and hurricanes are named to reduce confusion, especially if there are multiple storms at a time, and to make it easier to remember and report.
Hurricane Isaias is forecast to track northwest toward the US, providing life-threatening flash flooding, heavy rains, hurricane force winds, and storm surge to the Bahamas.
Florida is expected to experience heavy rains, and most of Florida’s east coast has a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning in effect.
This weekend, Hurricane Isaias will track toward the Florida coast, and make a northward turn near Miami. It will likely ride parallel to the eastern coast, and make landfall around Wilmington, North Carolina on Monday.
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