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Norcross: Florida coast spared as Tropical Storm Isaias moves north

The Florida coast was spared Sunday as Tropical Storm Isaias skirted the coast, but stayed far enough offshore to not present a threat.

We were so lucky in Florida, but unfortunately the mid Atlantic states, especially the Carolinas, don’t look like they will be as lucky with Tropical Storm Isaias.

Isaias is strengthening slightly as it moves north-northwestward just offshore of the east-central Florida coast.

Let’s take a look at what happened as the stormed moved north on Sunday morning. Tropical Storm Isaias’ track bent over to the left and it was heading in the direction where it could have taken aim at Jupiter. The storm was heading toward Palm Beach County and Martin County, St. Lucie, Brevard and Indian River counties, where it definitely seemed like it was going to rake the coast.

But something different happened — Isaias took a right and stayed parallel to the coast, keeping the worst weather on the right side and out into the Atlantic.

The 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center showed the storm continuing to move along the east coast of Florida and toward the Carolinas.

Watch Bryan Norcross’ latest analysis of Hurricane Isaias in the video above.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Isaias was about 65 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral and 410 miles from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The storm was producing maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and is moving north-northwest at 9 mph.

A Hurricane Watch and Storm Surge warning has been issued for portions of the Carolinas.

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