World After the Bahamas, Hurricane Isaias is approaching Florida
Storm Isaias becomes a category 1 hurricane and heads towards the Bahamas and Florida
© AFP PHOTO / RAMMB / CIRA Storm Isaias intensified as it passed the Dominican Republic. It has become a Category 1 hurricane heading towards the Bahamas and Florida. Tropical storm Isaias, which has become a category 1 hurricane, threatens the Bahamas and Florida, where Covid-19 screening centers have been closed as a precaution. It was only numbered, 9, when it hit the West Indies, with heavy winds and heavy rains .
Hurricane Isaias changed overnight from Thursday to Friday from tropical storm status to category 1 hurricane (out of 5), with winds up to 130 km / h, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
It continues to fall this Saturday on the archipelago of the Bahamas, where it should strengthen before arriving at the end of the day in Florida. This American state is among the most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States.
"Hurricane situations and dangerous storm surges are expected in parts of the Bahamas on Saturday, and hurricane warnings are in effect," NHC said.
Hurricane Isaias heads toward Florida with 75-mph winds - Hurricane Center
Hurricane Isaias heads toward Florida with 75-mph winds - Hurricane CenterMIAMI (Reuters) - Heavy rains from Hurricane Isaias could hit Florida late Friday night before the powerful storm moves up the East Coast into early next week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned, prompting the closure of COVID-19 testing sites.
During its passage in the Dominican Republic, 14 of the 32 provinces had been placed on red alert and a man died.
- Jeremy Nelson (@jnelsonWJCL) producing tropical storm force winds & heavy rain in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Video: K. Djordjevic
The hurricane also caused extensive damage in Puerto Rico, an American territory.
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The Bahamas were already hit hard in September 2019 by Category 5 Hurricane Dorian. The archipelago had deplored hundreds of people missing, 70 dead and billions of dollars in damage.
Hurricane Isaias: Florida declares emergency on Atlantic coast
Florida's testing sites, beaches, parks and golf courses to close as Isaias could become a Category 2 hurricane.The hurricane, packing maximum sustained winds of 120km/h (75 miles per hour), is currently lashing the southeastern part of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on its Twitter feed.
State of emergency for coastal counties
Florida was to feel the first effects of the hurricane this Saturday at the end of the day, according to the NHC. The Florida Emergency Management Agency has warned that Isaias "could bring heavy rain to southern and eastern Florida," which could cause "flooding in cities."
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday declared a state of emergency for counties on the state's coast. He recommended that the people be ready and store food for “at least seven days. "
" A multiplier effect "
The arrival of the hurricane could worsen the situation in Florida, one of the epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic, whose hospitals are overwhelmed. “The Covid is serious. A hurricane is serious. If we combine them, the result is worse than the sum of the two […] This will have a multiplier effect, not cumulative, ”said in April the former head of Florida emergency management services, Bryan Koon.
Florida deplored 257 deaths in one day on Friday, surpassing the results of the previous days. Florida has started to close Covid-19 testing centers, often set up in tents, in anticipation of the arrival of the hurricane.
"These are temporary structures that cannot withstand the winds of a tropical storm," the Florida emergency management agency explained.
NASA has announced that the hurricane could delay the return to Earth of SpaceX's manned capsule. She was supposed to return this Sunday off Florida.
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U.S. NOAA raises predicted number of tropical storms to a record 25The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which began on June 1, has already produced nine named tropical storms, two of which reached hurricane strength, including Isaias that lashed the North American Atlantic coast this week.