Hurricane Isaias Moves Through Bahamas as Category 1 Hurricane, Projected to Strike Brevard County on Sunday
By Space Coast Daily // August 1, 2020
Hurricane Isaias Carrying 80 mph max sustained winds
ABOVE VIDEO: Hurricane Warning issued for Brevard County by the National Hurricane Center. Space Coast Daily’s Zach Clark reports on the latest developments.
The system is carrying 80 mph max sustained winds and moving to the northwest at 15 mph. The Category 1 hurricane is expected to slow down forward progress as it moves through the Bahamas early Saturday morning.
Experts project tropical storm-force winds could impact Brevard County as early as Saturday late afternoon around 3 p.m. The main portion of the hurricane will move near or over the Florida’s East Coast, including Brevard County, throughout the day on Sunday. The strongest winds will arrive Sunday night around 8 p.m.
National Hurricane Center is expecting Hurricane Isaias to gain strength tonight as it moves off the Bahamas Friday night and early Saturday morning.
Brevard County could be impacted by winds as high as 85 mph.
Isaias is expected to carry storm surge around 2-4 feet for Brevard County, along with the entire east coast of Florida. The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the right of the center, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves.
In addition to storm surge, rainfall amounts is also a concern as Isaias is producing a vast amount rainfall. Brevard County is expected to receive 2-4 inches of rain, which could cause isolated flash flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas.
Finally, Brevard County will begin seeing swells spread along the coast by Saturday afternoon. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Those traveling to the beach on Saturday should adhere to local government warnings regarding dangerous rip currents as Isaias begins to descend on the area.
A local State of Emergency has been declared for Brevard County on Friday in response to the pending threat of Hurricane Isaias.
A local state of emergency is declared in advance of a potential disaster event and enables government entities to readily seek response or recovery assistance from the state.
The emergency declaration will be signed by Brevard County Commission Vice-Chair Rita Pritchett, who is the appointed chair of the Policy Group, which consists of local, county, and state officials and is activated for emergencies.
An emergency declaration provides avenue for counties to expedite contractual procedures, rental of equipment, employment of permanent and temporary workers, acquisition of supplies, materials and facilities and appropriation and expenditure of public funds.
ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey talks about area sandbag locations for citizen pickup.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office along with the Board of County Commissioners and our Public Safety partners continue to monitor the storm projections of Hurricane Isaias.
As a result of a potential impact to Brevard County, the Sheriff’s Office will be distributing sandbags (at no cost) to our citizens, today and Saturday, at five different locations throughout Brevard County.
In an effort to expedite the process, we will be using inmate labor to fill and load the sandbags directly into our citizen’s vehicles at the five different locations.
This will be conducted under the direct supervision of the Sheriff’s Office employees. Each vehicle can obtain up to 10 free sandbags so they can help prepare and protect their homes and businesses.
The five locations will be open for distribution Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. or until supplies are gone.
*The five locations are:
NORTH BREVARD AREA
Chain of Lakes Park
2300 Truman Scarborough Way
Titusville, FL 32796
COCOA/PORT ST. JOHN/CANAVERAL GROVES AREA
Brevard County Jail (*across the street*)
855 Camp Road, Sharpes
MERRITT ISLAND AND BEACHES
Mitchell Ellington Park
575 Hall Road
Merritt Island, FL 32953
CENTRAL BREVARD AREA
Calvary Chapel Church
2852 Fellowship Place
Viera, FL 32940
SOUTH BREVARD AREA
Eastern Florida State College
Palm Bay Campus
Palm Bay, FL, 32909
Please continue to monitor the potential track of this major storm and take the necessary precautions to protect you, your family, your pets, and your homes as we face another hurricane season together in Brevard County.
CLICK HERE FOR BREVARD COUNTY NEWS