Isaias weakens but expected to strengthen as nears Florida

Yolanda Curtis
August 2, 2020

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper followed suit. Meanwhile, officials in the Bahamas opened shelters for people in Abaco island to help those who have been living in temporary structures since Dorian devastated the area, killing at least 70 people.

As it moves off towards the northwest at roughly 10 miles per hour, it will likely re-gain some momentum and return to hurricane strength; this will likely happen overnight Saturday into Sunday morning as it approaching the southeast coast of Florida.

Hurricane Isaias may be ripping shingles off roofs and blowing over trees as it carves its way through the Bahamas and heads toward the Florida coast, but officials say it is too early to know what kind of impact the storm may have in Atlantic Canada. "No one wanted to see a situation where we are now facing a hurricane".

But he urged people to have seven days of food, water and medication on hand and said state-run coronavirus testing sites in the areas where the storm could hit would be closed. Winds are expected to first reach tropical storm strength later tonight.

As of 11 p.m. EDT Friday, the hurricane was at Category 1 hurricane with winds up to 80 miles per hour, and was expected to strengthen Friday evening or later into the weekend. The space agency was monitoring whether the SpaceX Crew Dragon could safely bring its two astronauts back from the International Space Station for a splashdown Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy rains from the storm are expected to begin in Florida Saturday and arrive over the Carolinas by early next week.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis established a state of emergency for a dozen counties on the Atlantic coast, which makes it easier to mobilise resources.

A man died in the Dominican Republic when he was electrocuted by a fallen electrical cable, according to the Associated Press.

Storm surge is a concern. "This state of emergency will ensure localities and communities have the assistance they need to protect the safety of Virginians, particularly as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 crisis". In Puerto Rico, the National Guard rescued at least 35 people from floodwaters that swept away one woman, whose body was recovered Saturday.

The confluence of hurricane season with the spike in COVID-19 cases led the American Meteorological Society on Thursday to issue new guidance for hurricane preparedness.

"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.

In addition to personal protective equipment, the state purchased 50 additional generators in case of power outages.

In Palm Beach County, about 150 people were in shelters, said emergency management spokeswoman Lisa De La Rionda.

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