"A hurricane remaining off-shore will have significantly less impacts than something moving along the immediate coast or certainly on shore along the SC coast", Quagliariello said. The Volusia County, Florida, and State emergency operations centers were reported at a Level 3 (Monitoring) status.
"For years I've said, 'Just when you think you have Mother Nature figured out, she changes her mind, '" HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said.
The forecast showed that the storm could make landfall and affect areas as far west as Columbia as well as coastal communities such as Charleston, Hilton Head Island and Myrtle Beach.
Isaias, which upgraded from a tropical storm sooner than anticipated, is now a Category 1 hurricane, the second of the 2020 Atlantic season.
"We've been through these before, as you know", McMaster said.
Bahamas and be near or east of the Florida peninsula on Saturday and Sunday. "This means the Hurricane Watch Net could be running another marathon activation".
The NHC said Hurricane Isaias is moving towards the northwest near 17 miles per hour and a generally northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected for the next couple of days followed by a turn toward the north-northwest.
"On the forecast track, the centre of Isaias will move near or over the Southeastern Bahamas today".
"There is a risk of impacts from winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surges along portions of the USA east coast, beginning this weekend in Florida", the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said, adding that tropical storm or hurricane watches could soon issued.
Hurricane and flood warnings have been issued for the northern Caribbean and southern Florida as Isaias moves northwest toward the U.S.
Emergency officials said the state should be able to handle both storms.
A stronger, organized Isaias could keep its track to the east, toward the Bahamas, keeping it offshore from Florida, according to Fell, the NWS meteorologist.
Hurricane conditions are expected along the Florida east coast as early as tonight in South Florida, with the possibility of high winds, heavy rain, storm surge, and flash flooding possible through early next week.
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, SC has been under a state of emergency since earlier this year. "Hurricane conditions and unsafe storm surges are expected in portions of the Bahamas today and Saturday, and hurricane warnings are in effect for these areas". "Measured weather data is always appreciated, but we do accept estimated", Graves noted. "Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion".