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US Live updates: Hurricane Isaias heads to Florida, East Coast

18:27  01 august  2020
18:27  01 august  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Miami-Dade mayor tells residents to prepare for Hurricane Isaias, closes coronavirus testing sites

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Hurricane Isaias, a Category 1 storm, delivered torrential rains and high winds to the Bahamas Friday and is headed to Florida according to forecasters.

a group of people in a park: Legislative Assistant Ryan Fernandez, puts sand bags in a resident's car trunk in Palmetto Bay near Miami, on July 31, 2020, as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Isaias while a State of Emergency has been declared for 19 Counties. © Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images Legislative Assistant Ryan Fernandez, puts sand bags in a resident's car trunk in Palmetto Bay near Miami, on July 31, 2020, as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Isaias while a State of Emergency has been declared for 19 Counties. a man standing next to a car: A resident carries full gas containers at Cooper's gas station before the arrival of Hurricane Isaias in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, July 31, 2020. © Tim Aylen/AP A resident carries full gas containers at Cooper's gas station before the arrival of Hurricane Isaias in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, July 31, 2020.

Forecasters predict the storm will travel northwest and arrive in southeast Florida on Saturday and Sunday.

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Parts of the state could see two to four inches of rain with isolated maximum totals of six inches, according to the current forecast.

a large body of water with a city in the background: Storm clouds are seen over the city as Hurricane Isaias approaches the east coast of Florida, on August 01, 2020, in Miami. © Joe Raedle/Getty Images Storm clouds are seen over the city as Hurricane Isaias approaches the east coast of Florida, on August 01, 2020, in Miami.

"These rainfall amounts could result in isolated flash and urban flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas," the National Hurricane Center said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that he has declared a state of emergency in every coastal county on the east side of the state from Miami-Dade to Nassau Counties.

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam also declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Isaias, which is expected to impact parts of coastal Virginia starting on Monday.

Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh for the latest updates.

10:43 a.m.: North Carolina governor declares state of emergency

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in preperation for Hurricane Isaias.

The declaration allows trucks and supplies to move where help is needed. The state's Emergency Operations Center -- already activated for COVID-19 -- is preparing for the storm as well, and state and local response teams are at the ready.

"Although the track and arrival of the hurricane could still change, now is the time for North Carolinians to prepare," said Gov. Cooper. "Hurricane preparations will be different given the COVID-19 pandemic, and families need to keep that in mind as they get ready."

Florida prepares for Tropical Storm Isaias as it moves up U.S. East Coast

  Florida prepares for Tropical Storm Isaias as it moves up U.S. East Coast The storm is expected to reach Florida on Sunday before heading north towards the Carolinas and eventually New York.With maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, the storm was downgraded form a hurricane Saturday afternoon. It moved over the Straits of Florida Saturday night before approaching the southeast coast of Florida early Sunday.

The current forecast is for Hurricane Isaias to increase in intensity over the next 24 hours. The storm shifted west Friday afternoon, and its speed and path indicate it could reach North Carolina as early as Monday, making its greatest impact Monday night and Tuesday. However, the state is already seeing signs of the storm with high risk of dangerous rip currents along the coast, and the danger of tropical storm force winds is increasing.

The North Carolina National Guard has 75 guardsman and high-water vehicles on standby should they be activated to respond. The state's Department of Transportation has more than 1,800 personnel, 1,550 pieces of equipment and more than 1,000 chainsaws ready to respond if needed.

They have also suspended passenger ferry today, began voluntary evacuations of Ocracoke, waived tolls on evacuation routes, and are preparing facilities and mooring plans for vessels for storm conditions.

Some local governments have already issued evacuation orders. While the state is still combating the COVID-19 pandemic, the state is urging people to make every effort to stay with family and friends, or even a hotel, as a first option. The state will coordinate shelters for those who need to evacuate.

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9:00 am: President approves Federal Disaster Declaration ahead of Isaias

During a press conference Saturday morning, Florida Gov. DeSantis said that the president signed a Federal Disaster Declaration in expectation of Hurricane Isaias.

On Friday, DeSantis signed an executive order for a state of emergency for every coastal Florida county on the East Coast yesterday.

Twelve Floria counties have declared a state of emergency. The Division of Emergency Management is sending 25 shelter kits with PPE to counties in the path of the storm. Each kit provides PPE for up to 400 people for 96 hours, the governor said.

a group of people in a park: Legislative Assistant Ryan Fernandez, puts sand bags in a resident's car trunk in Palmetto Bay near Miami, on July 31, 2020, as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Isaias while a State of Emergency has been declared for 19 Counties. © Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images Legislative Assistant Ryan Fernandez, puts sand bags in a resident's car trunk in Palmetto Bay near Miami, on July 31, 2020, as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Isaias while a State of Emergency has been declared for 19 Counties.

"The State of Florida is fully prepared for this," DeSantis said and that his administration has been in contact with local area hospitals. The hospitals aren't anticipating the need to evacuate patients at this time, but one smaller hospital is going to move some COVID patients to another hospital in Brevard county.

DeSantis said everyone in Isaias' path "should have enough food, water and medicine for seven days" and said there is still time to get supplies.

7:53 a.m.: Hurricane Isaias has winds of 85 mph, approaching Florida later today.

Hurricane Isais remains a Category 1 storm sustaining winds of 80 mph. The hurricane's eye is near Andros Island Bahamas. Isaias is expected to move through the Bahamas today and near Florida tonight into Sunday.

Forecasts warn of a dangerous storm surge. Heavy rains are a main concern as Isaias nears the Florida coast. The storm is expected to run up the East Coast and impact the Carolinas, the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. Significant rainfall in the Carolinas and the major Northeast cities is expected.

ABC News' Alexandra Faul and Jason Volack contributed to this report.

After killing 5 across the East Coast, Isaias has made its way to Canada .
Isaias, now a post-tropical cyclone, has moved into southeastern Canada, bringing heavy rain and powerful winds over the province of Quebec. © Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images Andrew Trayer walks through flood waters in the Muhlenberg Township where heavy rains and flooding hit Berks County Pennsylvania as a result of tropical storm Isaias moved along the East Coast on Tuesday August 4, 2020 (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images) The storm's maximum sustained winds are now about 40 mph and it is expected to get weaker, the National Hurricane Center said

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