Aug 02, 2020
Isaias track: Hurricane warning issued for Florida; Carolinas prepare
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NEW YORK (WABC) -- AccuWeather says the Tri-State could be impacted by remnants of Hurricane Isaias early next week.
Hurricane conditions are expected along portions of the Florida east coast and the Carolinas Saturday night and Sunday.
Isaias is expected to produce heavy rain and wind as well as tidal flooding.
Hurricane warnings and tropical storm watches extend along the Florida coast into Georgia.
It's expected to hit the Carolinas by Monday and then ride up the east coast.
Isaias is expected to impact the Tri-State area with heavy rain starting Monday night into Tuesday.
Meteorologist Jeff Smith says much of the entire region could get 2 to 4 inches of rain.
Now looking like much of the Tri-State area will receive 2"-4" of rain from "Isaias", beginning late Monday night and continuing through Tuesday night. #abc7ny pic.twitter.com/GTcIjNeKxo— Jeff Smith (@JeffSmithABC7) August 2, 2020
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Isaias snapped trees and knocked out power as it blew through the Bahamas on Saturday and headed toward the Florida coast, where officials said they were closing beaches, parks and coronavirus testing sites. The hurricane is bearing down on places where the virus is surging, threatening to complicate efforts to contain it and piling another burden on communities already hard-hit by other storms and sickness. Florida authorities said they have prepared shelters, but didn't expect to have to evacuate people.
"The most important thing we want people to do now is remain vigilant," said Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Authorities in North Carolina ordered the evacuation of Ocracoke Island, which was slammed by last year's Hurricane Dorian, starting Saturday evening.
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Meanwhile, officials in the Bahamas cleared people out of Abaco island who have been living in temporary structures since Dorian devastated the area, killing at least 70 people. Bahamian officials said they were concerned about a Category 1 storm hitting amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"The center of COVID-19 now is in Grand Bahama," the island's minister, Sen. Kwasi Thompson, told government-run ZNS Bahamas. "No one wanted to see a situation where we are now facing a hurricane."
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis relaxed a coronavirus lockdown as a result of the storm, but imposed a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. He said supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and hardware stores would be open as long as weather permitted. The Bahamas has reported more than 570 confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least 14 deaths. It recently barred travelers from the U.S. following a surge in cases after it reopened to international tourism.
Paula Miller, Mercy Corps director for the Bahamas, told The Associated Press that people on the island were still standing in line for gas on Saturday ahead of the storm. The area was still recovering from Dorian, complicating preparations for this one.
"People are doing the best they can to prepare, but a lot of businesses still have not fully repaired their roofs or their structures," she said. "Even a lower level storm could really set them back."
The storm has already been destructive in the Caribbean: On Thursday, while still a tropical storm, Isaias uprooted trees, destroyed crops and caused widespread flooding and small landslides in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. One man died in the Dominican Republic, where more than 5,000 people were evacuated, hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed and more than 130 communities were cut off by floodwaters.
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As Hurricane Isaias swirls toward Florida, 400,000 people are without power in Puerto Rico.
In Puerto Rico, the National Guard rescued at least 35 people from floodwaters that swept away one woman who remained missing.
As it moves now toward the southeast coast of Florida, a hurricane warning is in effect from Boca Raton to the Volusia-Flagler county line, which lies about 150 miles (240 kilometers) north. A hurricane watch was in effect from Hallendale Beach to south of Boca Raton.
A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the area, and a watch means they are possible.
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Video shows powerful winds from Tropical Storm Isaias battering the island of Puerto Rico.
If you were wondering, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the proper pronunciation is ees-ah-EE-ahs.
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USA :Isaías will be a hurricane again before arriving today in the Carolinas in the USA.
Miami, Aug 3 (EFE) .- The winds of tropical storm Isaías will recover the strength of the hurricane before reaching this Monday the coasts of northeast South Carolina and southern North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center reported ( NHC) of the USA
The federal agency stressed in its latest bulletin that Isaías is “getting better organized” and is expected to make land tonight somewhere between the South Carolina and North Carolina limits as a hurricane with “dangerous winds and storm surges.”
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper called on the population to stay together as they have during the COVID-19 pandemic and to harness that “strength and resistance” during Isaias’ arrival.
“Let’s stay safe from the wind and water, and from the virus,” Cooper said on his Twitter account.
Maximum sustained Isaiah winds remain on Monday afternoon at 70 miles per hour (110 km) and the eye of the storm is located 60 miles (100 km) south-southeast of Charleston and 120 miles (195 km ) south-southwest of Myrtle Beach, both cities in South Carolina.
The storm was bordering the east coast of Florida on Sunday with winds and rains that caused power cuts and knocked down some trees, after making landfall on Saturday in Andros Island, in the Bahamas, as a hurricane and passed near Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic , where it caused at least two deaths.
It is currently moving in a north-northeast direction with a speed of 16 miles per hour (26 km / h) and tropical storm winds extend from its center to 125 miles (205 km).
The NHC has issued a hurricane warning for an area between the South Santee River in South Carolina and Surf City in North Carolina.
Likewise, it has withdrawn the tropical storm warnings that were in effect for Florida and has extended the existing ones for the more northern states than the Carolinas, both to the west and to the north, until reaching points in New York and Maine.
According to the pattern of trajectory, the center of Isaías will advance today on the Atlantic Ocean at the height of Georgia to approach tonight to the coasts of the northeast of South Carolina and the south of North Carolina.
Isaiah’s eye will then move into the interior of eastern North Carolina and on Tuesday it will pass through the states of the central strip of the eastern seaboard and at night that same day northeast from the United States.
After Isaiah makes landfall in the Carolinas he will slowly weaken.
Rains, winds, storm surges that combined with the tide will produce a rise in sea level and dangerous flash floods, sea currents and tornadoes are some of the effects that Isaías can produce on land.
Isaías was the second hurricane this year in the Atlantic, a condition that, according to the NHC forecast, will recover this Monday.
The NHC urged the inhabitants of the area under hurricane warning to prepare as soon as possible for the attack.
(c) EFE Agency