Aug 02, 2020
Isaias track: Tropical storm conditions near Florida
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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Tropical Storm Isaias is bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the Bahamas and tropical storm conditions along the east coast of Florida. AccuWeather expects what's left of Isaias to bring heavy rain to the Tri-State on Tuesday.
Hurricane conditions are expected along portions of the Florida east coast and the Carolinas 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. Much of the 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Andrew Krueger writes for MPR: “Round after round of severe storms brought large hail, damaging winds and torrential rain to the Twin Cities metro area late Sunday into early Monday. The storms also sparked nearly continuous lightning and thunder for much of the night across the metro area. Winds gusted to 61 mph at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. As of 4 a.m., Xcel Energy reported more than 7,300 homes and businesses without power in the wake of the storms, mostly in the south and west metro.”
The Star Tribune’s David Chanen writes: “Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey continues to work with the Police Department to change a departmental policy that would limit new officers’ early exposure to those with a history of sustained misconduct complaints. The mayor and Police Chief Madeira Arradondo have been discussing the move for months, long before the city Charter Commission voted last week to delay putting an amendment on the November ballot to replace the department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.”
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jeff Potrykus: “The Big Ten Conference has decided to attempt to move the league’s 2020 football season to the second semester. Multiple sources told the Journal Sentinel that an announcement is expected early this week. According to multiple reports, Big Ten presidents and chancellors were scheduled to meet Sunday to discuss the league’s plans for shutting down fall sports because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. … However, league officials would have to overcome myriad obstacles to hold even a modified season in the spring.”
Says the Star Tribune’s Erin Golden, “Districts across Minnesota have begun to announce their reopening plans for the new school year, with many opting for a ‘hybrid’ blend of in-person instruction and distance learning. In the Twin Cities metro area and beyond, several of the state’s largest districts, including Anoka-Hennepin, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, Osseo, Mounds View and St. Cloud, intend to start the year in a hybrid format — provided they don’t see a local spike in COVID-19 cases over the next few weeks.”
A WCCO-TV story says, “A man may have gotten more than he bargained for after trying to rob a smoke shop Saturday night in south Minneapolis. Fouad Elharfaoui owns USA Smoke Shop near Hiawatha Avenue and 46th Street. He says the robbery happened just before closing. ‘Two guys walked in with a gun and tried to rob [my employee], but he has a concealed weapon and he pulled it out and tried to defend himself,’ Elharfaoui said. … According to Elharfaoui, his employee fired at the robbers’ car as they drove away, and hit the man in the passenger seat. Minutes later, a barely-conscious man stumbled into the Super USA convenience store at 38th Street and Minnehaha Avenue, a little more than a mile from USA Smoke Shop.”
The Star Tribune’s Joe Carlson says, “As the COVID-19 pandemic was ramping up aggressively in Minnesota in May, Cliff Willmeng was fired from his job as an Emergency Department nurse at United Hospital in St. Paul. His offense? Wearing hospital-issued scrubs on duty while caring for COVID-19 patients, and then defying the hospital policy against nurses wearing uniforms that the hospital has to launder. Willmeng is suing the 546-bed hospital to get his job back, saying his actions were compelled by personal safety, and the policy behind his May 8 firing was nonsensical. He joins a burgeoning group of hospital workers nationally filing lawsuits in response to what they see as pressure from hospitals to unreasonably lower safety standards for workers on the front lines of pandemic care.”
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Says a story on FOX 9, “Minneapolis residents took to the streets Sunday to protest against plans for the Gordon Shelter. Dozens gathered at the area where the shelter would be built. They voiced their opposition for the project. The city plans to build the center in the Willard-Hay neighborhood of Minneapolis to provide shelter for women experiencing homelessness. Protesters claim their voices are being ignored as they were never a part of the conversation to place the shelter in their neighborhood. Residents say they’ve spent years calling for the building to become a youth services center for early childhood education instead.”
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The AP is saying, “Whether President Trump has the constitutional authority to extend federal unemployment benefits by executive order remains unclear. Equally up in the air is whether states, which are necessary partners in Trump’s plan to bypass Congress, will sign on. … But under Trump’s plan, the $400 a week requires a state to commit to providing $100. That could add up to hundreds of millions, or even several billion dollars. Many states are already facing budget crunches caused by the pandemic.”
Says Paul Walsh for the Star Tribune, “A jogger maintained social distance — and then some — Sunday morning before reporting that a bear was roaming near the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. Someone who lives near the campus flagged down a St. Thomas security member about 7:55 a.m. and said there was a black bear near Summit Monument Park along Mississippi River Boulevard, a school spokeswoman said. That’s just to the west of campus. By the time the security officer got to the scene, he believed he caught a glimpse of the back end of the bear as it headed toward the woods near the river, the spokeswoman said.”