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How to pronounce Hurricane Isaias the right way

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The ninth named storm of the year is headed for the Florida coastline, but unlike its predecessor, Hanna, this time the pronunciation isn't as clear -- at least to non-native Spanish speakers.

(CNN)The ninth named storm of the year is headed for the Florida coastline, but unlike its predecessor, Hanna, this time the pronunciation isn't as clear -- at least to non-native Spanish speakers.

Hurricane Isaias is pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs, according to the Atlantic Basin Storm Name Pronunciations guide.

The name Isaias is of Spanish and Portuguese origin, according to Dennis Feltgen, NOAA public affairs officer, who told CNN "both countries have a long and significant imprint in the West Indies. "

The name was added to the list in 2009, replacing 2008's Hurricane Ike. Feltgen said approved names are typically common names, but also aim to be representative of the "ethnicity of the region. "

Most names in the Atlantic basin are of English and Spanish origin, he said.

Where's the storm?

The official forecast track from the National Hurricane Center calls for the center of Hurricane Isaias to come within 40 miles of Florida on Saturday evening through Sunday.

Much of the state's eastern coastline is within the forecast cone, meaning landfall is still possible in Florida.

Track the storm here

In North Carolina, mandatory evacuation has been ordered for Ocracoke Island ahead of Hurricane Isaias, according to a press release from Hyde County.

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