Alex Sosnowski - AccuWeather senior meteorologist

Alex Sosnowski - AccuWeather senior meteorologist

Isaias ramped up to an 80-mph Category 1 hurricane during Thursday night, shortly after pulling away from Hispaniola and will now churn through the Bahamas, just north of Cuba, before making a run along the Eastern seaboard of the United States this weekend to early next week.

Records continue to fall in the Atlantic basin just over a month into the 2020 hurricane season, and there is the potential for more tropical development this week and next week.

The combination of lingering tropical moisture and a weather battle zone will set the stage for repeating downpours that can lead to flooding across the lower mid-Atlantic and southern Atlantic coastal areas into the weekend. Forecasters say the flooding risk could extend into next week with excessive rainfall amounts predicted.