Chelsea Priest: Isaias to Bring More Wind Than Rain
We connected with Chelsea Priest this morning at the ABC 6 Weather Center to get the very latest on Tropical Storm Isaias.
"It's the literal definition of the calm before the storm," Chelsea joked about how quiet the weather was this morning, ahead of the storm that is expected to start impacting us later this afternoon.
Chelsea said that Tropical Storm Isaias is a very fast-moving storm, which is good news for those that are looking to avoid any storm damage. She is predicting that the center of the storm will stay far to the west of the SouthCoast, running along the New York-New England line in Western Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. This means that we'll see the eastern side of the storm, which typically brings much more wind than rain.
Chelsea said that she expects to see a few tropical downpours during the storm, but that the wind will be the much bigger part of the story tonight with gusts of up to 40 to 50 miles per hour. She recommends bringing in the lawn furniture and securing any weak fencing.
There's also a strong possibility of the wind gusts causing some power outages tonight.
Chelsea also had some concern about the possibility of downed trees and some "splash over" during high tide.
The strongest part of the storm is expected to affect the SouthCoast late afternoon with winds ramping up around 4 p.m. and peaking from roughly 6 p.m. to midnight. The winds will calm down pretty quickly in the early hours of Wednesday morning.