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Hurricane Isaias gains strength, takes aim at Florida’s east coast with winds at 85 mph

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    Hurricane Isaias remains on track to skirt up Florida’s east coast as it gains strength entering the Bahamas Saturday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 8 a.m. update. Hurricane Isaias gains strength, takes aim at Florida’s east coast with winds at 85 mph
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Hurricane Isaias remains on track to skirt up Florida’s east coast as it gains strength entering the Bahamas Saturday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 8 a.m. update.

The Category 1 storm’s maximum sustained winds increased to 85 mph, but its forward motion slowed down to 12 mph as it continued moving northwest, according to the NHC’s latest advisory on Saturday.

A hurricane warning was issued by the NHC for all coastal communities from Boca Raton to the Volusia-Flagler County line. The latest projections show the storm arriving at the Treasure Coast by Saturday evening.

A hurricane watch is in effect from Hallandale Beach to south of Boca Raton. A storm surge watch was issued from the Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach.

Orange County is under a tropical storm warning while Brevard County was issued a hurricane warning by the National Weather Service on Saturday morning.

Isaias was last located about 20 miles east of Andros Island in the Bahamas and 50 miles south of Nassau. It is expected to move near or on Andros Island sometime Saturday morning, and move through the rest of the Bahamas later in the day.