(WSVN) – A Christian became a Category 1 storm late Thursday, after Hurricane Hunter aircraft detected maximum sustained winds around 80 mph.
The National Hurricane Center has released a tropical storm watch for the Miami-Dad and Broward counties from the Miami Reef north to Sebastian Inlet.
Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions with speeds ranging from 39 mph to 73 mph are possible within 48 hours.
Now the storm warning has come into effect:
- Northwestern Bahamas comprising Andros Island, New Providence, Aleuthera, Abacos Islands, Berry Islands, Grand Bahamas Island and Bimini
- Southeastern Bahamas including Acklins, Crooked Islands, Long Cay, Ingua, Mayaguana and Raggu Islands
- Central Bahamas, which includes Cat Island, Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador
Latest forecast track
Christianity is a big storm. A fan wind of 40 to 60 mph at 415 miles from the center. It should affect Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, and the SE Bahamas on Thursday with heavy rain that could pose a life threat. Winds will be transmitted through the area.
Issyas will move through the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and then head to the Dominican Republic on Thursday. How much trouble will befall Christian is still unknown. It may come out of a once very weak system in Atlantic Waters. However, heavy rains and dusty winds should spread to the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas in later days.
The models suggest a more disorganized Christian after effect with the Dominican Republic. The key will be where the center once emerges in the Atlantic. Should there be more space for this, it may be more prominent in the Northwest Bahamas. If, on the other hand, it emerges more quickly, a more South Florida route may be in the works. This uncertainty is reflected in the cone, with a slight shift eastward at 8 o’clock in the morning, once in the Atlantic may change in the west or east direction.
This placement will also play a role in determining how strong it will be following a confrontation with the Dominican Republic. If it slows down, it may be able to absorb much needed fuel in the form of hot water. So that it can get a chance to get stronger.
For South Florida, we are looking at a stronger system that is leaning more towards the east or a weaker system leaning more toward us. Either way, it is a very large storm in size. The effects would be felt hundreds of miles from the center.
Recon is scheduled for today which will give the storm center a better idea of Issei’s health and his surroundings.
We will be watching.
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