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Scattered Sunday storms; tracking Hurricane Isaias

Posted at 5:07 AM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 22:47:37-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- It will be warm and muggy overnight, with variably cloudy skies and the risk of a lingering shower or thunderstorm. Lows will be in the low to mid 70s.

Sunday will be hot and rather muggy, with afternoon highs in the mid 90s and a heat index of 100-105. A few widely scattered storms will be possible later in the afternoon into the evening, with storms more likely well west and northwest of Richmond.

Isaias is now a tropical storm (maximum sustained winds of 70 mph), but will likely regain hurricane strength overnight or Sunday morning as it approaches the southeast Florida coast. The storms could make landfall on the east coast of Florida on Sunday, or move parallel to the coast during the day. It will then track northeasterly over the Atlantic, with a potential landfall along the Carolina coast Monday night, possibly between Myrtle Beach, SC and Wilmington, NC. Isaias will then track to the north or northeast, with the center moving up through eastern North Carolina and eastern VA on Tuesday. Locally, rain chances will increase Monday afternoon, with heavy rain possible on Tuesday. Rainfall amounts of 2" to 4" will be possible, with some locally higher amounts. Wind gusts of 35-45 mph will be possible, with higher gusts to the east of Richmond. The exact track of the storm is still a bit uncertain, and any shift in the track will make our conditions better or worse. We will continue to update the forecast over the next few days.

For the middle and end of next week, it will be warm, humid and unsettled with scattered storms possible each day. Highs will be 85-90.

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