Forecasters say Hurriane Isaias, which is heading toward the Bahamas and Florida, may eventually have much of the US East Coast in its sights.
Isaias strengthened into a Category One hurricane late yesterday after crossing the Dominican Republic, and - with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour - is hitting the southernmost Bahamas islands with rain.
The hurricane is expected to slam the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos with 4 to 8 inches of rain and leave potentially life-threatening flooding Friday and Saturday.
The National Hurricane Center says the center of Isaias is expected to get close to Florida's east coast Saturday or Sunday - a threat that has prompted the state to shut down some testing sites for COVID-19.
Rains from outer bands could hit South Florida by Friday night.