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Heavy rain, powerful winds and rough surf lashed Florida's eastern coast Sunday as Tropical Storm Isaias inched closer, but forecasters now believe the storm will not return to hurricane strength.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 mph an, as of 8 a.

m. Sunday, was about 40 miles southeast of West Palm Beach, moving northwest at 8 mph.

"The good news is that we have a tropical storm, not a hurricane," Fox News Chief Meteorologist Rick Reichmuth said on "Fox & Friends Weekend."

ISAIAS WEAKENS TO TROPICAL STORM IN BAHAMAS, EXPECTED TO STRENGTHEN AS IT HEADS TOWARD FLORIDA

The storm weakened to a tropical storm late Saturday but remained a powerful force.

Tropical Storm Isaias is seen off the coast of Florida on Sunday, August 2, 2020. (NOAA/GOES-East)

As the storm moves now toward the southeast coast of Florida, a tropical storm warning is in effect from Hallandale Beach, Florida, to South Santee River, South Carolina, and for Florida's Lake Okeechobee.

A storm surge watch is in effect for Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach, and from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to Cape Fear, North Carolina.

According to Reichmuth, the worst of the storm with heavy rain is on the east side of the system and will stay over the ocean, not impacting most of Florida. Areas along Florida's eastern coast will see high winds and rain, but nothing that should cause major damage.

Forecasters have warned that up to 4 feet of storm surge is possible, with dangerous surf.

The forecast track of Tropical Storm Isaias. (Fox News)

“Don't be fooled by the downgrade,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned during a news conference on Saturday, urging people to remain vigilent.

Florida authorities closed beaches, parks and coronavirus testing sites, lashing signs to palm trees so they wouldn't blow away

A boarded-up home is shown, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Briny Breezes, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The governor said the state is anticipating power outages and asked residents to have a week’s supply of water, food, and medicine on hand. Officials wrestled with how to prepare shelters where people can seek refuge from the storm if necessary, while safely social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

As of 7 a.m. Sunday, about 700 customers were without power in Palm Beach County and 290 customers were out in Martin and St. Lucie counties.

Dozens of utility trucks are lined up to be processed by Florida Power & Light at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Florida Power and Light spokesman Bryan Garner told FOX29 the utility has assembled about 10,000 workers, including 2,000 from 20 different states, to restore power as quickly as possible.

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Natalie Betancur, stocking up at a grocery in Palm Beach Gardens, told The Associated Press the storm itself doesn't cause her a great amount of concern.

“The hurricane is not that serious, but I feel that the public is really panicking because it’s a hurricane and we’re in the middle of a pandemic," she said.

A man carries drinking water for a customer at a water depot store before the arrival of Hurricane Isaias in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)

Victor Edery, who has lived in Hollywood Beach for eight years, told WSVN after riding out Hurricane Irma in 2017 that he also wasn't concerned about Isaias.

“I’m not afraid of this one,” he said.

A resident walks with containers filled with gasoline at Cooper's gas station before the arrival of Hurricane Isaias in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)

Isaias has been destructive in the Caribbean, where it became a hurricane on Thursday and caused widespread flooding and small landslides in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

One man died in the Dominican Republic. In Puerto Rico, the National Guard rescued at least 35 people from floodwaters that swept away one woman. Her body was recovered Saturday.

Isaias snapped trees and knocked out power as it blew through the Bahamas on Saturday and churned toward the Florida coast.

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By Monday night, Isaias should make landfall as a moderate tropical storm across eastern South Carolina or North Carolina, forecasters said.

Between 2 to 4 feet of storm surge may cause localized flooding in those regions. A narrow swath of 3 to 4 inches of rain can also be expected from South Carolina through New England.

As the system moves up the Atlantic seaboard, the worst of the weather for major cities in the Northeast will arrive by Tuesday afternoon into the evening, when the heaviest rain develops over inland locations.

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The storm comes about a week before the most active period of hurricane season, a threat that lasts about two months.

Hurricane season peaks from late August through early October. (Fox News)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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Seahawks Could Reach a Deal Soon With Ex-Vikings Star

Getty The Seattle Seahawks could offer a deal to ex-Vikings DE Everson Griffen soon.

A reunion between ex-Vikings star Everson Griffen and Pete Carroll could be in the works.

Sports Illustrated’s Michael Silver reported that the Seattle Seahawks have moved on from Jadeveon Clowney and has an interest in Griffen and former Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Clay Matthews.

“While the Seahawks appear to have moved on from Jadeveon Clowney, who wants more than they’re willing to pay, the team has interest in two veteran free agent pass rushers: LB Clay Matthews and DE Everson Griffen. A deal could happen soon,” Silver tweeted.

Griffen, who played for the Vikings the entirety of his 10-year career, played for Carroll at USC. Aside from re-joining, a reunion with Carroll has been one of the most probable rumors stirring about his 2020 destination.

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Window Opened For Griffen to Return to Vikings

GettyThe Vikings have more cap space to work with in re-signing Griffen.

While Griffen’s return to the Vikings has been called for since he voided his contract, a recent development has freed up more cap space for the Vikings and could be used to give Griffen a reasonable offer.

After a wave of players began opting out of the 2020 season, the NFL allowed that a player’s signing bonus who has opted out won’t count against their team’s cap for this season. Viking defensive tackle Michael Pierce opted out of the 2020 season due to health concerns, leaving a void at nose tackle the team will struggle to fill. The good news is the Vikings absorbed $2 million more cap space that they should use to find a replacement. The Vikings currently have $14 million in cap space.

While Griffen is a pass rusher by trade, he does have some experience playing in the middle of the Vikings defensive front.

Committee Approach to Nose Tackle

While Griffen may not be the team’s sole run stuffer if the Vikings re-sign him, the team has had success transitioning defensive ends into defensive tackles. Brian Robison, lined up in the middle in the latter part of his career. While he isn’t going to plug up the line of scrimmage, his mobility allowed him to funnel rushers to the Vikings weakside linebacker.

If Ben Gedeon makes the roster this season (he’s currently on the PUP list after suffering two concussions last season), it could be scheme the Vikings could thrive with. Gedeon missed just one tackle in the past two seasons.

Griffen is comparable in size and speed to Robison and could serve as a mentor and advisor to the other defensive tackles who work their way into the rotation this season, which seems to be what Zimmer is planning for.

If the Vikings are serious about re-signing Griffen they may have to move quickly amid contract negotiations with Dalvin Cook.

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Trevor Squire is a Heavy contributor covering the Minnesota Vikings and journalism graduate from the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities. Connect with him on Twitter @trevordsquire and join our Vikings community at Heavy on Vikings on Facebook.

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